Paint The Town Red

There are several suggestions as to the origin of the phrase. The one most often repeated, especially within the walls of the Melton Mowbray Tourist Office, is a tale dating from 1837. That is when the Marquis of Waterford and a group of friends are said to have run riot in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray, painting the town’s toll-bar and several buildings red.

And this is what this merry revealer looks like sans the paint brush and barrel of red paint.