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Sunday, 22 March, 1998, 18:44 GMT
Portuguese eat from world's longest dinner table
bridge lunch
More than 16,000 people have eaten a lunch in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, sitting along what has been officially registered as the longest dining table in the world.

The table was five kilometres long and covered almost a third of Europe's longest bridge, the Vasco da Gama bridge, which is due to be opened next week.

Almost ten tonnes of a traditional Portuguese dish, Feijoada or pork and beans, were served to the guests - mostly local people and construction workers.

They were there at the invitation of a Spanish company which promised to clean all of the dishes using just one litre of its washing-up liquid.

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