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Summary

  1. Tradition of May Morning in Oxford dates back 500 years
  2. Choristers of Magdalen College choir sang Hymnus Eucharisticus from college’s Great Tower
  3. Lots of Morris dancing

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

So with that we say goodbye...

and cheers. Happy May Morning!

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And here's a final thought

'Absolutely fabulous'

Our people on the ground tell us May Morning is winding down.

So here are a few final words from our very own Lilley Mitchell.

I love May Morning. I've been joining in folk dancing and I've even interviewed a man dressed as a tree who was being fed water through three straws by a kind person passing by. It's been absolutely fabulous.

Looking good on it

I am bowled over by this sartorial splendour. 

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Dancing with strangers

BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell told us her highlight of this morning's shenanigans. 

Joining in the dancing in front of the steps of the Bodleian, this beautiful old building, with Groovy Sue and the Hurly Burley My God It's Early Band, singing the Cuckoo song and just dancing with someone I've never met before in a floral headdress.

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Cafe and chrysanths

Who doesn't look this fresh and fragrant at breakfast time?

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Couldn't put it better

South London district remains oblivious

Why the decision to leave London and move to Oxford will ALWAYS be the right one.

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Happy Beltane

You mean the anglicised name for the GaelicMay Day?

Of course, Happy Beltane to you too!

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Speeded-up Morris dancing

If you ever wanted to know what Morris Dancers on performance-enhancing drugs looked like...

(Legal note: There is absolutely no evidence any substances were taken in the making of this film. Well, maybe a leetl real ale...)

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Man does two things at same time

Smoke a pipe AND play the accordion?

He makes it look so easy.

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More dancing

Just feel the crowd's appreciation.

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Watch Eynsham Morris

These fine dancers are from Eynsham and, to quote their website, have some of the most exciting and flamboyant dances in the morris tradition.

The things they can do with a pair of hankies...

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Selfie alert

BBC South Today's Sinead Carroll is also a fan of cheese... on head.

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BreakingSpelling mistake spotted in Oxford

It's home to one of the world's toppest universities, so if there's ever a place to get your signs spell-checked...

Spotted on the noticeboard of the Oxford University church ... One of the top universities in the world eh?

Spotted on the noticeboard of the Oxford University church ... One of the top universities in the world eh?

Here's some pulling

Thanks to Simon Bond for showing us behind the scenes at the bell ringing earlier.

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Cheese hat

Because who doesn't love a bit of Emmental... on their head...

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Wise words from a tree

Any avid followers of our May Morning coverage will know interviewing Jack the Tree is a career high for the BBC's finest on the ground.

This year, Lilley Mitchell had the honour of grilling our tree of few words.

Now he might not say much, but he always cuts to the chase...

It's a good job it's not raining as predicted.

Jack the TreeProfessional May Morning tree

It's tree

I love him. 

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And the crazy keeps going

Oxford how we love thee...

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Is that a trombone?

And a clarinet? Under the world-famous Hertford Bridge? At 07:30 in the morning?

Course it is.

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Yep, it's busy

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  Well for some of us, it certainly feels like it.  

BreakingCrowd estimate is 27,000

Last year's record has been well and truly smashed by a whopping 2,000 more people. 

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Fancy a blessing?

This, I am told, is Peggy May in a garland who is giving out blessings.

(Don't have a clue either, but it's May Morning so suspend your disbelief.)

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Travel latest

Now anyone at ALL familiar with Oxford will tell you the place has more than its fair share of traffic woes - and it seems May Morning is no different even with the roads shut. 

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As the choir heads from breakfast...

they tell us they had a great time.

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'Absolutely fabulous'

In the thick of it is BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell.

She's with the party in Broad Street in the city centre and described the scene to us.

There are hundreds and hundreds of people, hugging and jigging, spilling out of the pubs, following troupes of Morris dancers down the street. It's absolutely fabulous.

But not everyone has time to party

In pictures

Revellers rocking some seriously must-have outfits outside the world-famous Radcliffe Camera. 

The neo-classical icon has never looked so good.

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It's a trend

That's it, it's official. Oxford's May Morning is topping Twitter trends in the UK.

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And then...

Top of the tower

Here was the scene from the top of the Tower earlier.

Looking pretty relaxed, I'd say.

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The party's moving on

There revellers certainly have a spring (geddit?) in their step...

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Have a listen

For the Bank Holiday layabouts getting up at 06:30 BST, here's what you missed.

Birds and worms, birds and worms...

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BreakingNo jumpers

We've had no reports of any jumpers so far.

Did you know?

In previous years students would famously undress and jump into the shallow River Cherwell from Magdalen Bridge.

But this was stopped in 2005 when 40 revellers required treatment after jumping into 2ft (60cm) deep water.

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Still a few loiterers

Is this a protest?

There seems to have been some kind of protest at Magdalen earlier, in an Oxford kind of way.

Anyone have any idea what this means? Answers on a postcard.

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