Biggest crowds ever for May Morning

Published: Sunday, 1st May 2016

About 25,000 people turned out to see in May Morning today (1/5) - the biggest crowd ever.

The traditional celebration of the coming of Spring brought together Oxford's communities and people of all ages to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry.

The celebrations started at 6am with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the college's Great Tower.

A crowd of about 25,000 people stretched from Long Wall Street along Magdalen Bridge to the Plain Roundabout to listen to the choir.

Traditional events and activities, including Morris Dncing and folk singing, then took place across the city as the bell of the Great Tower rang out.

Peter McQuitty, Oxford City Council's head of culture, said: "It was a beautiful crisp, clear morning and people from all the communities across the city and of all ages came together to enjoy that quintessentially Oxford magical moment. You just do not get this anywhere else."

May Morning events at Magdalen Bridge are organised by Oxford City Council on behalf of partners, including Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Central Ambulance Service, Oxfordshire County Council and Magdalen College.