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May Morning in Oxford blog
Updated 12:41pm Thursday 1st May 2014 in News
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Mayday:Magdalen Bridge has now reopened after this mornings festivities.All services will be returning to normal route .— @OxfordBusCo 01 May 2014
High Street now open, as is Magdalen Bridge, about half an hour earlier than Oxford City Council expected
Barriers have been removed from The Plain meaning traffic can access Magdalen Bridge
The barriers have come down on Magdalen Bridge but security is still in place
The High is clear of people and still closed to traffic
Magdalen Bridge remains shut to traffic. Official re-opening time is 9am but we will notify you as soon as we hear if it is any earlier
Oxford City Council is saying about 5,000 people were present for May Morning festivities at Magdalen Bridge
#Maymorning in #Oxford ...the #CowleyRd is going to be full of some very messed up people, & the pubs being open! http://t.co/YQgO7Ijd7Q— @mawhittaker 01 May 2014
Morris dancers have taken up residence in the city centre, including this group under the Bridge of Sighs
We've started to clean Magdalen Bridge. Barriers still in place. Will let you know when bridge is ready to open to traffic. #oxmaymorning— @OxfordCity 01 May 2014
Former Arsenal and England star Martin Keown amongst the crowd
After a brief pause to encourage the crowds to disperse, we're ringing again, now joined by @OUSCR at @St_Marys_Tower. #Magdalen #MayMorning— @simonabond 01 May 2014
Revellers have begun dancing to a brass band in the High
And the clean-up begins
The crowd drifting away
There have so far been no jumpers off the bridge. Security are still in place
The weird and wonderful sites you see at May Morning
This is Rose Hill resident Jack Pritchard. The 27-year-old said: "I have been the last few years and not bothered with the dressing up, but this year I thought I would put a bit of effort in."
Whomever is in charge of the rain is certainly a fan of the May Morning choir. The rain stopped just before 6am and now it is all over, it's been turned back on. People are now beginning to head towards the city centre
The crowd is now beginning to disperse
The tower bells are ringing out again
#MayMorning http://t.co/sFAeZOKdtH— @SashaRoseneil 01 May 2014
This has been followed by the second song from the choristers
The gathered crowd has applauded them and a prayer is being said from the top of the tower
Morning all! #Oxford #MayMorning— @jon_than_ 01 May 2014
#MayMorning #MayMorning in Oxford. David is singing from the top of Magdalen College Tower :) http://t.co/9hxx56E8in— @Spicey_Spiney 01 May 2014
And the choiristers have begun singing Hymnus Eucharisticus
The bells of the Great Tower are now ringing out and silence has descended
The rain has stopped thankfully, which is probably contributing a little to the party atmosphere, despite the early hour
It is the usual mixture of students, residents and some people who have made the effort in fancy dress to turn up
We're crossing live to Magdalen College at 6 to bring you the choir LIVE from the #maymorning celebrations in #oxford— @BBCOxford 01 May 2014
For those who wish to listen in, time to crank up the wireless
It's silly o'clock and we are open for your breakfast in #oxford #maymorning— @Java_Ox_Ab 01 May 2014
High Street and Magdalen Bridge and now pretty much full
#may #morning #maymorning #magdalen http://t.co/YuqlTEW5xS— @JackHarbs 01 May 2014
Here is Oxford City Council's rundown for the morning:
May Morning in Oxford is a traditional celebration of the coming of Spring and brings together Oxford's communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry from around the city. May Morning is celebrated on 1 May every year.
The celebrations in 2014 will start at 6am on Thursday 1 May 2014 with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower. Hymnus Eucharisticus was composed in the 17th century by a Fellow of Magdalen and has been sung every year from the Great Tower on May Morning.
This will be followed by the bells ringing out over the city for approximately 20 minutes.
May Morning Events and Breakfast
There will also be May Morning events and activities taking place across the city including Morris Men dancing in Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street.
Many bars and restaurants across the city will open for breakfasts including eateries in the city centre and East Oxford.
Cafes that will be open for breakfast include, Tick Tock Café (all night), Rick's Café, G&Ds and Atomic Burger on Cowley Road.
Queen's Lane Coffee House, Pattisserie Valerie, Quod, The Rose, The Grand Café, The Chequers and All Bar One on the High Street will all be open for breakfast.
Turl Street Kitchen will be open from midnight will baps served at 5am and sit down breakfasts from 7am. The Vaults & Garden will be serving breakfast from 5.30am and G&Ds in St Aldate's and Little Clarendon Street will be open from 6am. News café in Ship Street will be serving breakfast and hot drinks from 6am as will The Buttery, Jericho Café, Art Café in Bonn Square and The Varsity Club on the High Street.
The Big Bang will also be open from 6am serving the Big Bang Breakfast!
Pubs that will be celebrating May Morning include The Oxford Retreat, The Cape of Good Hope, The Bear Inn, The White Horse, The Grapes, The Anchor, The Crown, The Kings Arms, and The Chequers.
The choiristers are waving from the top of the tower
The May Morning Celebrations tomorrow will see our services on diversion in the High Street area http://t.co/Z3mgjS8Vml #Oxford— @OxfordBusCo 30 April 2014
“@TheOxfordMail: A few people are already waiting underneath Magdalen College's Great Tower. #maymorning” #homesick— @busybeesvirtual 01 May 2014
Remember the choir starts singing at May Morning at 6am
A few pictures from earlier this morning:
There are now some signs of activity at the top of the tower.
Good morning from a damp May Morning celebration at Magdalen Bridge. The road has been closed since about 3am.
The first few revellers arrived beneath Magdalen College's Great Tower just after 5am. Crowds began to swell and just after 5.20am security guards began to turn people away.
The bridge is now pretty well full with people still making their way down High Street. There's been no sign of trouble or people jumping off the bridge.
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