Cambridge city council warns this Caesarian Sunday may be the last straw

Noella Chye 29 April 2017

The Cambridge city council issued a warning about Caesarian Sunday, which will happen tomorrow April 30th on Jesus Green. “We have issued an open letter on Caesarian Sunday to the university and to the student union trying to persuade them to be intervening more powerfully," says Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council.

Herbert added, “I don’t think it is acceptable to leave mess in public places and expect local people to pay for it. There’s also the threat to the safety of people who take part. For this event to carry on, it has to be properly organised. If it is good enough to carry on as a tradition, why can’t they find space in the university grounds for it?” Cambridge News reports.

Following events transpired over past years, such as one student in a sheep costume being set on fire last year, the council warns, "If there is evidence of antisocial behaviour, or officers have to spend time cleaning up mess after the event, we will take all necessary steps to ensure that this event is banned from our public spaces in future years."

In addition, senior tutors from multiple colleges have advised students to steer clear of Jesus Green on May 1st, urging them to avoid the infamous activities of Caesarean Sunday.

In an email sent to students at Jesus College, signed by the Master, Head Porter, Senior Tutor and Dean warned of the notoriety of previous Caesarean Sundays.

It said that ‘inappropriate behaviour of students and former students has caused offence to members of the public’ and ‘harmed relations with the local community’, as well as risking the ‘well-being’ of students.

The event traditionally takes place on the Sunday of the May bank holiday, and sees students congregating on Jesus Green for a day of heavy drinking.

It is a major event for Cambridge drinking societies, and is known for the rowdy activities that ensue. Last year, a fresher from one of the drinking societies, who was dressed in a sheep costume made of cotton wool, suffered severe burns after being set alight by another student.

In recent years, press photographers have documented the day’s hedonistic activities, resulting in negative press coverage for both students and the University. Jesus students were warned that such coverage ‘resulted in embarrassment for individual students’ and ‘generated negative publicity for Jesus College and other parts of the Collegiate University’.

St Johns College have also exhorted students to stay away from the event, threatening that participation should ‘lead to exclusion from College accommodation or a ban on attending the College May Ball’.

The event is regarded as the last opportunity to let off steam before gruelling finals. Legend has it that it began more than 100 years ago when a member of the Green Giants drinking society at Girton stole a bottle of Pimms from a Caesarian, sparking a fight between both colleges.