Residents of Brighton have been out in force armed with brooms, bin bags and bleach as the city deals with the aftermath of another riotous Lib Dem conference.
With party members still buzzing from a recent pulsating by-election triumph over Ukip in Eastleigh, it was always going to be a crazy few days on the seaside. But residents of the party-loving city have said that this year's excesses have shocked even them.
Off-licences started running out of wine as early as Friday lunchtime and many of those with stock pulled down their shutters early after police were called to an incident involving Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy in a Bargain Booze in Kemptown.
Local artist Maria Whitehouse said "We're used to clearing up beer cans and cider bottles from the beach, and the seagulls take care of most of the vomit so that wasn't really the problem. But the whole place stinks of piss now and that weird arty sculpture on the seafront by the conference venue has disappeared".
Jamie Carpenter, another resident, claimed the Lib Dems' three day bender had ruined his birthday plans after Brian Paddick hogged the podium in Revenge until 4am, by which point he "was left dancing for the dregs and the weirdos". However he admitted the night was saved by the bonfire on the beach and "jamming on bongos with Vince Cable".
Despite the havoc the annual Lib Dem invasion undoubtably causes, many older Brighton residents know it could be so much worse. In 1984, a conference for a former rival political party resulted in massive destruction to the hotel hosting the delegates. And then Poll Tax.