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8:36am

8:20am

High Street now open, as is Magdalen Bridge, about half an hour earlier than Oxford City Council expected

8:09am

Barriers have been removed from The Plain meaning traffic can access Magdalen Bridge

8:06am

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The barriers have come down on Magdalen Bridge but security is still in place

8:03am

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The High is clear of people and still closed to traffic

7:41am

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

7:28am

Oxford City Council is saying about 5,000 people were present for May Morning festivities at Magdalen Bridge

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Morris dancers have taken up residence in the city centre, including this group under the Bridge of Sighs

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Former Arsenal and England star Martin Keown amongst the crowd

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Revellers have begun dancing to a brass band in the High

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And the clean-up begins

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The crowd drifting away

6:35am

There have so far been no jumpers off the bridge. Security are still in place

6:27am

The weird and wonderful sites you see at May Morning

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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."

6:24am

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

6:13am

The crowd is now beginning to disperse

6:12am

The tower bells are ringing out again

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6:05am

This has been followed by the second song from the choristers

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The gathered crowd has applauded them and a prayer is being said from the top of the tower

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And the choiristers have begun singing Hymnus Eucharisticus 

6:01am

The bells of the Great Tower are now ringing out and silence has descended

6:00am

The rain has stopped thankfully, which is probably contributing a little to the party atmosphere, despite the early hour

5:58am

It is the usual mixture of students, residents and some people who have made the effort in fancy dress to turn up

5:57am

For those who wish to listen in, time to crank up the wireless

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High Street and Magdalen Bridge and now pretty much full

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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.

5:49am

The choiristers are waving from the top of the tower

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Remember the choir starts singing at May Morning at 6am

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A few pictures from earlier this morning:

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5:38am

There are now some signs of activity at the top of the tower.

5:37am

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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9:32am Thu 1 May 14

yewtree says...

I was a bit disappointed that some people were still chattering during the singing and the prayer, could hardly hear the words of the prayer.

Had a great time dancing to the Whirly Band in Broad Street though, fabulous as usual, and saw the green man and the Morris dancers from Adderbury, Long Crendon, Oxford City, Oxford University, and Abingdon.
I was a bit disappointed that some people were still chattering during the singing and the prayer, could hardly hear the words of the prayer. Had a great time dancing to the Whirly Band in Broad Street though, fabulous as usual, and saw the green man and the Morris dancers from Adderbury, Long Crendon, Oxford City, Oxford University, and Abingdon. yewtree
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9:41am Thu 1 May 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Any jumping Tarquins or Bullingdon club members?
Any jumping Tarquins or Bullingdon club members? yabbadabbadoo256
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2:51pm Thu 1 May 14

The New Private Eye says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Any jumping Tarquins or Bullingdon club members?
No mate. All of those had shot their bolt in Wahoo with the all night drinking. At 6am they were all being sick in their beds
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Any jumping Tarquins or Bullingdon club members?[/p][/quote]No mate. All of those had shot their bolt in Wahoo with the all night drinking. At 6am they were all being sick in their beds The New Private Eye
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5:04pm Thu 1 May 14

Vernon Spools says...

Are the road closed signs still up - they were at 1pm today!
Are the road closed signs still up - they were at 1pm today! Vernon Spools
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