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Celebrations held to mark May Day

Morris Men in Farmborough, Somerset

Across England, celebrations have been held to mark 1 May, an important date in the English countryside calendar.

Morris Men in Farmborough, Somerset

The Priston Jubilee Morris dancers performed at dawn at One Tree Hill in Farmborough, Somerset.

Morris Men in Farmborough, Somerset

The group, formed in 1977, have an annual tradition of seeing in the dawn on 1 May.

Morris dancers in Norwich city centre

In Norwich, the Fiddlesticks Morris dancers welcomed May Day with an early morning display in the city centre.

Magdalen Bridge celebrations in Oxford

Hundreds of people gathered at the Magdalen Bridge in Oxford for their annual May Day celebrations.

Magdalen Bridge celebrations in Oxford

Every year people gather on and around Magdalen Bridge to hear choristers sing hymns at dawn from the tower at Magdalen College.

Magdalen Bridge celebrations in Oxford

About a dozen people defied warnings and jumped off the historic bridge. Safety concerns meant the bridge was closed, but jumpers took the plunge when it reopened to traffic.

Jumpers flout May Day bridge ban
01 May 08 |  Oxfordshire

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