Bun throwing to be revived

Hundreds gathered in Market Place in 2016 for the last bun throwing to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

Abingdon will host its historic and quirky bun throwing tradition to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Thousands of buns will be launched from the roof of County Hall to crowds in the Market Place below on November 10 as part of the town’s weekend of centenary events.

Abingdon Mayor Jan Morter said: “Over the course of this year and especially during the weekend of November 10 and 11 we will remember with sadness and pride those who gave their lives during the First World War.

“However, it is also right that we should remember those who made it through the war and returned to their town and their families.

“The bun throwing ceremony will commemorate, with gratitude, their return and the end of the conflict.”

Town clerk Nigel Warner said further details about the ceremony and the full list of events would be revealed closer to the time.

Bun throwing ceremonies are organised periodically to commemorate major royal and national events.

There have been 35 bun throwing ceremonies in the last 257 years, with the most recent taking place to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in June 2016.

A bun throwing was also held in 2011 to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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