May Morning jumpers warned of low water level

Crowds gathered on Magdalen Bridge for May Morning last year

Crowds gathered on Magdalen Bridge for May Morning last year

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MAGDALEN Bridge will be open again for May Morning celebrations, but anyone thinking of jumping has been warned water levels are “dangerously low”.

Tuesday’s annual celebration of spring is expected to attract lower numbers than last year, when it fell on a Sunday and drew crowds of 18,000.

Despite recent rainfall the River Cherwell looks likely to be as low as in 2005 when 40 people were hurt when they plunged into the water. The bridge was then closed on May Morning until last year.

Alan Weir, emergency services manager at South Central Ambulance Service, said: “Last year the public were sensible and didn’t jump.

“This year with the drought conditions we are concerned that the water level could be lower and anyone who does jump risks serious or life-changing injuries.

“In 2005 one individual suffered a spinal fracture.”

Oxford City Council is making arrangements that will keep Magdalen Bridge open and will use barriers and security guards to thwart would-be jumpers.

The council has again appointed security company Select which will be working with the police to make sure the event passes off safely.

The Magdalen College bells will ring out loud and clear after a £75,000 restoration project saw the 10 historic bells, which date back to 1410, retuned and returned to the tower in February.

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The Magdalen College choir will sing the 17th century Hymnus Eucharisticus from the college’s Great Tower at 6am.

Across the city there will be early morning celebrations, with the Story Museum opening its doors and offering visitors bacon sandwiches.

The Other Worlds exhibition opens to the public on May 1 at 9am and will wow crowds with 25 story scenes created in different rooms of the museum building.

Pubs, bars and cafes opening early across the city include The White Horse, Port Mahon and All Bar One.

The Truck Store in Cowley Road will also be putting on an early morning event with a Truck session from 6.30am with three Oxford bands.

Later in the evening The Old Fire Station in George Street will mark the day with a jazz improvision gig at 7.30pm.

ON THE BUSES

Magdalen Bridge is closed to traffic between 4.30am and 9am and alternative arrangements have been made for bus routes.

Stagecoach bus routes 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, will be unable to serve the High Street until 9am and there will be a diversion along Donnington Bridge Road and Abingdon Road.

Buses on routes 1, 10 and 12 will depart from opposite the normal stop on St Aldate’s.

Buses on route three will be unable to serve Iffley Road between Donnington Bridge and The Plain.

Passengers can catch diverted buses from routes 1, 8, 9, 10 and 12 from the opposite side of the road.

Oxford Bus Company buses will be unable to serve the Queens Lane Bus Stops K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, J1, J2 and J3.

Services arriving into Oxford will be diverted from the Plain, Iffley Road, Weirs Lane, Donnington Bridge Road then via Abingdon Road up to Speedwell Street where normal route will be resumed.

The X90, LHR and LGW will leave from S2 on Speedwell Street, the city4 will leave from bus stop H1 on St Aldate’s, city5 will leave from bus stop H1 on St Aldate’s, city13 will leave from bus stop H1 on St Aldate’s, the city X13 will leave from bus stop H1 on St Aldate’s, the park & ride 400 will leave from bus stop H1 on St Aldate’s, Brookes-bus U1 will leave from bus stop H1 on St Aldate’s.

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7:11pm Wed 25 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls.
JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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7:37pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls.
I completely agree, and if anyone is seriously injured they should be exempt from NHS treatment, why should the tax payer fund the treatment of idiots.
[quote][p][bold]L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls.[/p][/quote]I completely agree, and if anyone is seriously injured they should be exempt from NHS treatment, why should the tax payer fund the treatment of idiots. Dilligaf2010
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10:41pm Wed 25 Apr 12

DoctorBob says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls.
I completely agree, and if anyone is seriously injured they should be exempt from NHS treatment, why should the tax payer fund the treatment of idiots.
Because that is what a universal health service does.

You've had treatment haven't you?
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls.[/p][/quote]I completely agree, and if anyone is seriously injured they should be exempt from NHS treatment, why should the tax payer fund the treatment of idiots.[/p][/quote]Because that is what a universal health service does. You've had treatment haven't you? DoctorBob
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10:41pm Wed 25 Apr 12

DoctorBob says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls.
I completely agree, and if anyone is seriously injured they should be exempt from NHS treatment, why should the tax payer fund the treatment of idiots.
Because that is what a universal health service does.

You've had treatment haven't you?
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. It gives us Oxonians much pleasure to see pictures of our betters from The University battered and bruised in The OM on the next day from their drunken jolly japes. P.S. Can the ambulance service charge them £100 on the spot for treatment, which will be chickens feed compared to the £100 a bottle of bubbly they will be paying at the May Balls.[/p][/quote]I completely agree, and if anyone is seriously injured they should be exempt from NHS treatment, why should the tax payer fund the treatment of idiots.[/p][/quote]Because that is what a universal health service does. You've had treatment haven't you? DoctorBob
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10:42pm Wed 25 Apr 12

DoctorBob says...

It should be made compulsory that anyone jumping has to do it head first.
It should be made compulsory that anyone jumping has to do it head first. DoctorBob
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8:24am Thu 26 Apr 12

Ab Boy says...

Please let those clowns jump!!!!

It is funny watching them get hurt!!!!

After all these people are the FUTURE of the country!!!!

Low water levels, REALLY??

It has not stopped raining for five days, sporting fixtures off due to the rain, is there still a hosepipe ban????????
Please let those clowns jump!!!! It is funny watching them get hurt!!!! After all these people are the FUTURE of the country!!!! Low water levels, REALLY?? It has not stopped raining for five days, sporting fixtures off due to the rain, is there still a hosepipe ban???????? Ab Boy
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9:00am Thu 26 Apr 12

CowleyBoy says...

I still think crocodiles are good idea. But hey, they didn't listen to me last year so why would they now.
I still think crocodiles are good idea. But hey, they didn't listen to me last year so why would they now. CowleyBoy
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9:07am Thu 26 Apr 12

Cathena says...

Have large notices for a few days before saying jumpers are responsible for their own safety and for all their own medical expenses, including the ambulances needed to take them.
Have large notices for a few days before saying jumpers are responsible for their own safety and for all their own medical expenses, including the ambulances needed to take them. Cathena
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9:28am Thu 26 Apr 12

Dasdard says...

2 comments:
1 - There as many non-students as students who jump.
2 - cover the water with boards (or punts). Jumpers stopped. Duh.
2 comments: 1 - There as many non-students as students who jump. 2 - cover the water with boards (or punts). Jumpers stopped. Duh. Dasdard
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9:36am Thu 26 Apr 12

A Scroat says...

CowleyBoy wrote:
I still think crocodiles are good idea. But hey, they didn't listen to me last year so why would they now.
There's a bloke in Witney that keeps crocs, you could be on a winner here CB. A few piranha thrown in as well could make it interesting for the Tarquins and Henriettas.
[quote][p][bold]CowleyBoy[/bold] wrote: I still think crocodiles are good idea. But hey, they didn't listen to me last year so why would they now.[/p][/quote]There's a bloke in Witney that keeps crocs, you could be on a winner here CB. A few piranha thrown in as well could make it interesting for the Tarquins and Henriettas. A Scroat
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9:55am Thu 26 Apr 12

xjohnx says...

Seems to be something students have done for years. Leave then alone, its all part of the risks we run in life.
Less health and safety might be a good thing. Not for the individual perhaps but good for society.
Seems to be something students have done for years. Leave then alone, its all part of the risks we run in life. Less health and safety might be a good thing. Not for the individual perhaps but good for society. xjohnx
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10:58am Thu 26 Apr 12

Ab Boy says...

John, I agree with you 100% but when they come crying for the Hospitals and Ambulances to help them when they get hurt that could have been avoided, then surely they dont need to do it!!!
John, I agree with you 100% but when they come crying for the Hospitals and Ambulances to help them when they get hurt that could have been avoided, then surely they dont need to do it!!! Ab Boy
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7:00pm Thu 26 Apr 12

King Joke says...

I'm on a train back from New St as I write. The Cherwell south of Banbury has already burst its banks and surrounding fields are flooded. How do the authorities intend to stop this water getting to Magdalen Bridge? It's also on the Cherwell. How else are they going to arrange ''low water levels''?
I'm on a train back from New St as I write. The Cherwell south of Banbury has already burst its banks and surrounding fields are flooded. How do the authorities intend to stop this water getting to Magdalen Bridge? It's also on the Cherwell. How else are they going to arrange ''low water levels''? King Joke
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