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In pictures: Oxford's May Morning

High Street on May Morning Image copyright Anthony P Morris
Image caption Thousands of people congregated to hear hymns and bell-ringing at daybreak

A record-breaking 27,000 people have descended on Oxford for its annual spring celebration.

The May Morning festival, whose origins are unclear, has been a tradition for more than 500 years.

It began with crowds listening to the Magdalen College Choir serenade the congregation from Magdalen Tower at daybreak.

The bells were then rung - the movement of which typically makes the tower sway up to 4in (10cm).

Image caption Magdalen College Choir climbed 144ft (41m) to the top of the Magdalen Tower
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Image caption Crowds flooded in from the north and the south of the River Cherwell
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Image caption Morris men paraded and danced through the streets of Oxford
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Image caption A predicted 150 performers from across the region attended - some with rather untraditional costumes
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Image caption Morris dancing was revived by Cecil Sharp in 1899, and since then people of all ages have taken up the past-time
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Image caption The Hurly Burly Whirly band got crowds moving outside the Weston Library with their unique brand of tin whistle music

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