A BAND will play the tune of Somewhere Over The Rainbow from their doorsteps and windows on May Morning after the official event was cancelled.

Traditionally a choir sings from the top of Magdalen College tower at 6am to welcome in the spring.

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Usually thousands of people gather in the city centre to join in with the fiesta which spills over into the afternoon.

Last year, 13,500 people attended the dawn celebrations.

However, this year the event has been shelved after the country was forced on lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus – which has claimed the lives of thousands of people.

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Now a community band, Horns of Plenty, are on a mission to continue the party in a safe way.

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The band has come up with the idea of celebrating spring and the key workers on the front line.

On Friday May 1, at 8am, band members will begin to play the tune of Somewhere Over The Rainbow from their doors and windows across the city.

Similar to the Thursday night claps for the NHS, the band hopes it will be picked up and residents will join in from their doorsteps, gardens or windows.

The words, chords for the ukelele or guitar and sheet music for other instruments can be found on the Horns of Plenty dropbox at Hornsofplenty.co.uk/event/may-morning-4