TRADITION trumped the law as Jaen townsfolk kept up their annual turkey tossing custom in Cazalilla.

Despite animal protection protests and laws, the bird was still thrown off a 35-foot high church roof in celebration of Dia de San Blas.

Good fortune is believed to come to the one who catches the turkey – this year the bird landed safely in the arms of 21-year-old Manuel Jesus Robles.

He would set his lucky catch free on his land and help it reach “a ripe old age”.

Robles promised he would set his lucky catch free on his land and help it reach “a ripe old age”.

Plain-clothed Guardia Civil stood in the crowd and kept a birds-eye view on events.

Last year’s turkey tosser was fined 2,001 euros.

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