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‘Unrivalled showcase of revelry’ at Cambridge University May Ball

Students enjoyed a stunning fireworks display followed by a night of entertainment ranging from comedians to classical and jazz music.

Students from Cambridge University make their way home along Trinity Lane after celebrating the end of the academic year at the May Ball (Joe Giddens/PA)
Students from Cambridge University make their way home along Trinity Lane after celebrating the end of the academic year at the May Ball (Joe Giddens/PA)

Cambridge University students celebrated the end of their exams in style with a night of partying, with some still holding champagne glasses as they made their way home, dressed to the nines, as the sun rose.

The Trinity May Ball, a tradition dating back 153 years, is billed as the city’s “best ball, an unrivalled showcase of revelry”.

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People punt along the River Cam in Cambridge after a firework display at the May Ball (Joe Giddens/PA)

Guests, who paid at least £345 for a sought-after double ticket to Monday’s event, had the option of a lavish five-course feast with wine pairings or a champagne reception.

They enjoyed a stunning fireworks display followed by a night of entertainment ranging from comedians to classical and jazz music.

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Cambridge University students enjoy a punt ride along the River Cam (Joe Giddens/PA)

Some relaxed on punts on the River Cam after the music stopped, while others made their way home as the sun rose.

In years gone by, some of Britain’s brightest students have engaged in hedonistic behaviour, stripping off and jumping in the river, but this year more sipped from bottles of water than alcoholic drinks as they left the college.

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Some revellers hitched an unusual ride home (Joe Giddens/PA)

Some in high spirits gave shoulder rides to friends and posed for photos, while others ate takeaway food.

The ball has been held every year since 1866, apart from 1910, when King Edward VII died, and during the Second World War, between 1939 and 1945.

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Students share a kiss in a punt on the River Cam (Joe Giddens/PA)

A series of balls is held to mark the end of term, with various colleges hosting them.

Despite now taking place in June they are still called the May Balls as that is when they were originally held.

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A fireworks display marks the occasion (Joe Giddens/PA)

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