May Morning celebrations lead to city road closures

May Morning celebrations lead to city road closures

May Morning celebrations lead to city road closures

First published in News

COMMUTERS are reminded that Oxford’s High Street and Magdalen Bridge will be closed during rush hour tomorrow.

Oxfordshire County Council will be closing the roads from 3am to allow the city’s annual May Morning celebrations to take place.

They are closed to allow revellers to gather at the foot of Magdalen College’s Great Tower to hear choristers welcome in the day by singing the traditional Hymnus Eucharisticus.

Both High Street and Magdalen Bridge are scheduled to be reopened at 9am but in previous years the county council has been able to open them earlier if crowds disperse quickly.

The roads will remain open to pedestrians – with Magdalen Bridge open to pedestrians for the fourth year running.

Last year’s system will be repeated, with two sets of barriers blocking the bridge’s potential jumping points and security staff patrolling the area.

In 2005, about 40 people were injured after leaping off the bridge, which was then closed to the public on May Mornings until 2011.

Celebrations at the bridge will start at 6am and there will also be special events and activities across the city, including Morris Men dancing in Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street and bars and restaurants opening for breakfast.

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8:49am Wed 30 Apr 14

Manor Born says...

John Otway at The Bear is the place to be.
John Otway at The Bear is the place to be. Manor Born
  • Score: 10

10:29am Wed 30 Apr 14

Quentin Walker says...

Who pays for the security?

I sincerely hope it isn't the taxpayer, but I fear it may be.
Who pays for the security? I sincerely hope it isn't the taxpayer, but I fear it may be. Quentin Walker
  • Score: -6

3:11pm Wed 30 Apr 14

The New Private Eye says...

Manor Born wrote:
John Otway at The Bear is the place to be.
25 years ago in The Radcliffe Arms he was, but like all musicians you reach a point when you know the best days have gone, and it is time to retire. and for John that time has been reached.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: John Otway at The Bear is the place to be.[/p][/quote]25 years ago in The Radcliffe Arms he was, but like all musicians you reach a point when you know the best days have gone, and it is time to retire. and for John that time has been reached. The New Private Eye
  • Score: -14

9:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

cchanning says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
John Otway at The Bear is the place to be.
25 years ago in The Radcliffe Arms he was, but like all musicians you reach a point when you know the best days have gone, and it is time to retire. and for John that time has been reached.
John Otway is in his prime, scaling the giddy heights of being a film star - his film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year and put forward for a BAFTA. It is ridiculous to say he should retire at the young age of 60 - anyone who goes to Otway gigs will tell you that they are all his 'best days' - he still puts all of his considerable amount of energy and enthusiasm into every performance - which is a joy to behold for his loyal fans.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: John Otway at The Bear is the place to be.[/p][/quote]25 years ago in The Radcliffe Arms he was, but like all musicians you reach a point when you know the best days have gone, and it is time to retire. and for John that time has been reached.[/p][/quote]John Otway is in his prime, scaling the giddy heights of being a film star - his film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year and put forward for a BAFTA. It is ridiculous to say he should retire at the young age of 60 - anyone who goes to Otway gigs will tell you that they are all his 'best days' - he still puts all of his considerable amount of energy and enthusiasm into every performance - which is a joy to behold for his loyal fans. cchanning
  • Score: 13

10:31pm Wed 30 Apr 14

johnnydee says...

I'm looking forward to seeing the old soak in precisely 8 1/2 hours. For the first time! Yay for old eccentric codgers!
I'm looking forward to seeing the old soak in precisely 8 1/2 hours. For the first time! Yay for old eccentric codgers! johnnydee
  • Score: 8

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