Students at the University of Cambridge have celebrated the end of exams with the traditional May Ball.
The first Trinity May Ball was held in 1866, with the tradition quickly spreading to other colleges, but events were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Monday evening and long into the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, the tradition resumed with students dressed up for the occasion, although some were looking more dishevelled on the walk home after a night of revelry.
Organisers of this year’s 156th anniversary event said it would enjoy the “rich tradition” of “delightful music, inspiring fireworks and enchanting cuisine”.
Guests, who paid at least £330 for a sought-after double ticket to Monday’s event, were promised “Cambridge’s best Ball, an unrivalled showcase of revelry, unlimited food and drink, a stunning fireworks display, and a myriad of entertainments from chart-topping stars to world-class comedians to the finest classical and jazz musicians”.