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Potatoes cause chaos in Great Horton on St Patrick’s Day

People were caught picking up and taking home the potatoes.

Potatoes caused chaos in Great Horton yesterday after a truck dumped thousands of the starchy carbs onto Horton Grange Road in BD7.

At approximately 6pm on St Patrick’s Day yesterday, a truck was caught uncontrollably spilling potatoes through a hole under the bottom of its lorry bed.

Some people were spotted making use of the escaped potatoes and taking them home, presumably to cook.

Shahid Nazir, owner of JNS Motorspares in BD7 captured the aftermath of the potato scene and shared the footage on Twitter.

He said: “Only in Bradford. A truck has dropped a lot of potatoes and people are picking them off the road. Freebie potatoes.”

The truck in question belongs to Wolds Produce, a company that is “a major potato supplier into the crisping, chipping, ware, catering and seed industries”.

It has become a tradition among keen gardeners in Ireland and the United States to plant potatoes on St Patrick’s Day, as it coincides with the emergence of spring and milder weather, ideal for sowing seeds ahead of the summer harvest.

For Christians and Irish people around the world, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on 17 March, the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century.

The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.

On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.

Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink alcohol and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

Potatoes are not native to Ireland and instead were introduced to the country in the Middle Ages.

Over centuries the potato became a staple of the Irish diet with tragic consequences in the Potato Famine of 1845-41.

By this point, the Irish peasantry depended on the potato as it was their main food source.  It was a period of mass starvation and disease and approximately one million people perished during this time.

Wolds Produce has been approached for a comment. Check back for updates.

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