Credit where it is due, the decision to reopen Magdalen Bridge this year was handled well. It was the first time in six years that the bridge had been opened since 40 people were injured, some seriously, jumping into the River Cherwell.

Two lines of fencing and teams of security personnel ensured that anyone who was thinking about jumping off the bridge into the shallow water below would have to think again.

As it turned out, only a few people tried to jump and they were turned away.

To the undoubted relief of the local authorities, and the emergency services, the event passed off without any serious incident.

This security operation, led by Oxford City Council, no doubt cost a pretty penny.

But the upside is that it allowed an estimated 18,000 people to enjoy themselves in safety.

And it is hard to put a price on that.