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Oxford May Day: Thousands gather at Magdalen Bridge

Magdalen Bridge on May Day 2014
Image caption In the past, revellers have been hurt jumping from Magdalen Bridge during the celebrations

A man has been found unconscious in the street during Oxford's May Day celebrations.

Police said they were called to St Clement's Street, on the approach to Magdalen Bridge, at 06:47 BST. The area was cordoned off.

It is not known if the man was involved in the May Morning celebrations. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

About 5,000 people gathered on and around Magdalen Bridge to celebrate the coming of spring.

They gathered from 06:00 BST to listen to Hymnus Eucharisticus being sung from Magdalen College tower.

The hymn was composed in the 17th Century by a fellow of Magdalen and has been sung every year from the tower on the first morning of May.

In the past revellers have been hurt jumping from the bridge during the celebrations, but there were no reports of anyone jumping this year.

Thames Valley Police said there were no arrests, while South Central Ambulance Service said five people were treated for minor injuries "related to May Morning revellery".

Magdalen Bridge was closed to traffic but has since been reopened.

Image caption Police cordoned off part of St Clement's Street after a man was found unconscious in the road
Image caption The choir sang Hymnus Eucharisticus from Magdalen College tower - a centuries old tradition
Image caption Despite the rain, 4,000 people turned up to take part in the tradition of celebrating the coming of spring
Image caption Magdalen Bridge was closed to traffic but open to pedestrians

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