By Calvin Palmer
The air turned blue yesterday, it being Cambridge a light blue, as university students rowdily celebrated the end of exams in what has become known as Suicide Sunday.
Passers-by were shocked, according to The Daily Telegraph, to see bikini-clad students unable to stand, vomiting in the street and singing bawdy songs.
For the first time in 80 years the garden party, organized by the Wyverns, an all-male Magdalene College drinking society, was held off university property, following the arrest of a student last year for punching a spectator during the jelly wrestling contest.
Extra security and police patrolled this year’s party, with its traditional blazers and bikini theme, copious amounts of alcohol imbibed in riotous drinking games.
“The way the students were behaving was absolutely disgusting,” said one passer-by.
“It was only midday on Sunday and there were lots of families and young people around enjoying the sunshine.
“The students were lying across the verges, lots of them were vomiting and they were singing rowdy drinking songs.
“I understand they want to celebrate the end of their exams but they were completely out of control.”
Hundreds of students turned up to the event held in the grounds of Anstey Hall, a restored 17th century manor house in the Cambridgeshire village of Trumpington, three miles away from the university.
Many had to be carried or helped away from the five hour party and the police stepped in to help one partygoer who collapsed on a verge.
The highlight of the day was the jelly wrestling contest, with hundreds gathering to watch bikini-clad female students battle it out for a £250 prize.
Some garden parties were cancelled this year as college authorities have become extra wary of binge drinking.
The Newnham Nuns’ garden party was cancelled by the college.
Natasha Wear, president of the Newnham Nuns, said: “The college needed to be seen to be doing something to combat the problem of binge drinking.”