Sunday, June 12, 2016

Photos from Abingdon's Royal Bun Throwing

Bun Throwing held in Abingdon to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

The crowd rejoicing

We had a great time in my home town of Abingdon-on-Thames for the 34th Bun Throwing celebration.

The tradition draws a huge crowd to the market place

At 7pm the first of 4,500 currant buns was thrown by the Mayor of Abingdon from atop the old County Hall to the thousands of people gathered in the town's market place.

People often worry that they won't catch a bun if they're at the back of the crowd - well here's proof that some of the bun throwers have quite an arm on them! This landed on top of the sign at Costa Coffee!

I've attended each Bun Throwing in Abingdon in my lifetime, a total of 14 since 1981. The first event was held to celebrate the coronation of King George III in 1761.

Our haul of buns - well, that of Christopher, Chris Senior and Jon

Unfortunately I didn't manage to catch any buns this time - only the second time I can recollect not getting one. The last time I blanked was at the small mid-week Bun Throwing to celebrate the 450th Anniversary of Abingdon Charter and a visit by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in 2006.

My dad showing his pride at nabbing five rejoicing buns

Christopher managed to catch a couple of currant buns too and was well happy with his achievement

Emily didn't catch any buns either. But did get one hit her quite hard in the head! However, we did catch this nice video of the action - we were in quite a prime position.



Timeline:
To date there have been 34 Abingdon Bun Throwings
1761 Coronation of King George III
1810 Golden Jubilee of King George III
1821 Coronation of King Georg IV
1831 Coronation of King William IV
1837 Coronation of Queen Victoria
1856 Declaration of Peace at the end of the Crimean War
1863 Marriage of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra
1887 Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria
1897 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
1902 Coronation of King Edward VII
1911 Coronation of King George V
1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V
1937 Coronation of King George VI
1946 VE Day
1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
1956 Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Abingdon
1966 Abingdon International Week
1974 End of the Borough of Abingdon
1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
1980 Queen Mother’s 80th Birthday
1981 Marriage of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer
1986 Marriage of the Duke of York to Sarah Ferguson
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II
1990 Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday
1995 50th Anniversary of VE Day
1997 50th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II
2000 Millennium
2000 Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday
2002 Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
2006 450th Anniversary of Abingdon Charter/Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Birthday
2006 450th Anniversary of Abingdon Charter/Visit by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal
2011 Marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton
2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee
2016 Queen's 90th Birthday

There have also been three non-official Bun Throwing events in the town
2012 World Bun Throwing Championships to find the town's best bun thrower
2014 Bun Throwing at Abingdon Fire Station to celebrate its 50th anniversary
2016 World Bun Throwing Championships to find the town's best bun thrower

Abingdon County Hall Museum kindly provided details of the Recorded Bun Throwings to 1997. Further details on events to 2006 can be found on the blog here.

Related blog posts:
- Bun Throwing in Abingdon 2016

Bun Throwing in Abingdon 2016

Here's a video with action from the Bun Throwing event to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.



Held on Saturday 11th June 2016, the first of 4,500 currant buns was thrown by the Mayor of Abingdon at 7pm.

The 2016 bun throw was the 34th since the tradition of Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames began in 1761. The first event was held to celebrate the coronation of King George III.

I have attended each Bun Throwing in Abingdon in my lifetime, a total of 14 since 1981.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

World Bun Throwing Championships

Check out the Abingdon Blog for a report and photos of the recent World Bun Throwing Championships held in the town.

The contest was the second edition of the event to find the town's best Bun Throwers. The winners are invited to join the Mayor and other dignitaries to throw buns to the townsfolk in the Market Place below at the next Bun Throwing on Saturday 11th June.

I competed in the first World Bun Throwing Championships in 2012. I hit a personal best of 25m 10cm to set (and temporarily hold) the new World Record and clubhouse lead. The record was eventually set at 222 feet (67m) 

This year's winner managed to throw their currant bun over 150 feet.

The 2016 bun throwing will be the 34th since the tradition began in 1761.

On special occasions since then townsfolk have gathered in the marketplace in front of the old county hall in attempt to catch a special hot cross bun. The first event was held to celebrate the coronation of King George III.

The last Bun Throwing was held in 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Abingdon Bun Throwing Championships announced

Bun Throwing Championships to find town's best thrower to be held in May.

Ahead of the Royal Bun Throwing to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday, Abingdon-on-Thames will be hosting the second-ever World Bun Throwing Championships to find the town's best bun thrower.

Prospective throwers can chance their arm in the Bun Throwing contest on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May.

The winner will take their place alongside the town's Mayor and other dignitaries when they stand atop the County Hall Museum on Saturday 11th June as they throw 6,000 buns to the crowds below.

The crowd looks on as I throw a currant bun at the first-ever Abingdon World Bun Throwing Championship back in 2012
The crowd looks on as I throw a currant bun at the first-ever Abingdon World Bun Throwing Championship back in 2012

The 2016 bun throwing in June will be the 34th since the tradition began in 1761.

On special occasions since then townsfolk have gathered in the marketplace in front of the old county hall in attempt to catch a special hot cross bun. The first event was held to celebrate the coronation of King George III.

I have attended each Bun Throwing in Abingdon in my lifetime, a total of thirteen since 1981. I'm looking forward to returning to Abingdon for the next event.

Related blog posts:
Abingdon Bun Throwing in 2016 (includes timeline of events 1761-2012)
Bun throwing in Abingdon in 2016
- Competing in the first-ever World Bun Throwing Championships in Abingdon-on-Thames

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bun throwing in Abingdon in 2016

The next Abingdon Bun Throwing has been confirmed to take place on Saturday 11th June and is being held to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

One of the special buns marked for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee bun throwing in 2012

It'll be the first occasion the 'rejoicing buns' have been thrown to the crowd of thousands since 2012.

Up on the roof of Abingdon's County Hall Museum on a trip back to Abingdon in 2014

On special occasions since 1761 townsfolk have gathered in the marketplace in front of the old county hall in attempt to catch a special hot cross bun. The first event was held to celebrate the coronation of King George III.

The 2016 bun throwing will be the 34th since the tradition began.

I have attended each Bun Throwing in Abingdon in my lifetime, a total of thirteen since 1981. I'm looking forward to returning to Abingdon for the next event.

Related blog post:
- Abingdon Bun Throwing in 2016 (includes timeline of events 1761-2012)

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Abingdon Bun Throwing in 2016

Bun Throwing planned to mark the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.

I heard from my mum that there is a Bun Throwing event planned to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday next year! Great news.

Abingdon-on-Thames celebrates royal and national events and milestones by holding Bun Throwing events in the town's market place. Dignitaries throw buns from atop the town's museum, formerly the county hall, to the townsfolk assembled below. It's an event that has to be seen to be believed!

Photo of Abingdon Bun Throwing
The huge crowd in the town's market place for the 2012 bun throw. Photo by Alastair Fear of the excellent Abingdon Blog. Look closely (or click here) and you can see me and my brother Jon in the thick of the action!

If approved, the Bun Throwing will take place in the market place on Saturday 11th June 2016 and will be the first since 2012.

I have attended each Bun Throwing in Abingdon in my lifetime (13 since 1981) and I'm really looking forward to the next one. The last event was held on Sunday 3rd June 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

A pair of rejoicing buns we caught at the bun throwing held to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011
A pair of rejoicing buns we caught at the bun throwing held to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011

There have been 33 Bun Throwings since the tradition began in 1761 for the coronation of King George III.

Related blog posts:
- Abingdon-on-Thames celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a Bun Throwing
- Abingdon Bun Throwing Report - Friday 29th April 2011

Links:
- Abingdon Town Council
- Oxford Mail
- Abingdon Blog

Timeline:
To date there have been 33 Abingdon Bun Throwings
1761 Coronation of King George III
1810 Golden Jubilee of King George III
1821 Coronation of King Georg IV
1831 Coronation of King William IV
1837 Coronation of Queen Victoria
1856 Declaration of Peace at the end of the Crimean War
1863 Marriage of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra
1887 Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria
1897 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
1902 Coronation of King Edward VII
1911 Coronation of King George V
1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V
1937 Coronation of King George VI
1946 VE Day
1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
1956 Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Abingdon
1966 Abingdon International Week
1974 End of the Borough of Abingdon
1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
1980 Queen Mother’s 80th Birthday
1981 Marriage of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer
1986 Marriage of the Duke of York to Sarah Ferguson
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II
1990 Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday
1995 50th Anniversary of VE Day
1997 50th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II
2000 Millennium
2000 Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday
2002 Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
2006 450th Anniversary of Abingdon Charter/Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Birthday
2006 450th Anniversary of Abingdon Charter/Visit by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal
2011 Marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton
2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee

There have also been two non-official Bun Throwing events in the town
2012 World Bun Throwing Championships to find the town's best bun thrower
2014 Bun Throwing at Abingdon Fire Station to celebrate its 50th anniversary

- Abingdon County Hall Museum kindly provided details of the Recorded Bun Throwings to 1997. Further details on events to 2006 can be found on the blog here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Abingdon County Hall Museum

A visit to Abingdon-on-Thames.

In the market place in front of Abingdon County Hall
In the market place in front of Abingdon's former County Hall

On a recent visit to my old home town of Abingdon-on-Thames I was very pleased to see that the roof of the County Hall Museum is now open to visitors.

On the roof of Abingdon County Hall Museum - the scene of many Bun Throwings over the centuries
Up on the roof

I remember going up on the roof when I was younger, but access wasn't regularly available as it is now.

Looking north from the rooftop of Abingdon County Hall Museum. Among the images on the display board is a crowd scene from the 2011 Bun Throwing. It was great to be able to pick us out in the crowd too
Looking north. Among the images on the display board is a crowd scene from the 2011 Bun Throwing. It was great to be able to pick us out in the crowd too

It's great to be able to stand on the rooftop, and look down from the spot where the Mayor and dignities gather at Bun Throwing events to throw the currant buns to the townsfolk below.

The County Hall was built by Christopher Kempster between 1678 & 1683. Renovation and repairs of the building were completed in 2012.

Part of the renovation work at the museum has seen a new coffee shop open in the basement of the hall - Buns in the Basement. It's the sister cafe to Throwing Buns, a tearoom next to the county hall.

A miniature version of the county hall - and some buns - next to the stairway down to Buns in the Basement in Abingdon-on-Thames
A miniature version of the county hall - and some buns - next to the stairway down to Buns in the Basement

This was the first time I've been into the depths of the building and it was interesting to see a big working water pump in the basement, along with some history on the town's water supply.

The rear of the county hall. The basement is now home to a coffee shop called Buns in the Basement
The rear of the county hall. The basement is now home to a coffee shop called Buns in the Basement

Abingdon County Hall Museum is well worth a visit. I picked up some great postcards while there and also saw a World War 1 book written by my old college lecturer Bob Frampton! Check out the museum's website and Twitter feed for more information.

One of the special Bun Throwing displays in Abingdon County Hall Museum
One of the special Bun Throwing displays in Abingdon County Hall Museum

Links:
- Abingdon County Hall Museum
- Abingdon County Hall Museum on Twitter
- Buns in the Basement

Related blog posts:
- Bun Throwing
- Abingdon-on-Thames
- Abingdon-on-Thames celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a Bun Throwing

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bun Throwing at Abingdon Fire Station

A variation on Abingdon's tradition of Bun Throwing to take place in September.

This year Abingdon Fire Station celebrates its 50th anniversary and to mark the occasion a special bun throwing will take place on Saturday 27 September.

Bun Throwing normally takes place in the market place, with local dignitaries throwing currant buns from the roof of the old county hall down to townsfolk gathered below.

The Abingdon Fire Station bun throw will see buns launched from the Drill Tower!

Both my brother Jon, and Alastair at the Abingdon Blog let me know the event will be happening. Unfortunatley with such short notice I can't make it. I look forward to hearing about the event and seeing photos of the action.

The Fire Station's 50th Anniversary event runs from 11am - 3pm on Saturday 27 September at the Fire Station on Ock Street. The bun throwing will be at 1pm. Other entertainment, including Morris Dancing, exhibtions and a general open day will also be taking place.

More details can be found on the Abingdon Fire Station Facebook event page and the Abingdon Blog.

The last Bun Throwing took place to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on the 3 June 2012. The event was the 33rd since the first throw in 1761.

Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames
One of the special '60' currant buns at the last Bun Throwing in 2012

Earlier in 2012 the town had held the first-ever World Bun Throwing Championships to find the best throwing arms in the town!

Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames
Throwing a bun at the first World Bun Throwing Championships in 2012

Links:
- Abingdon Fire Station on Oxfordshire County Council's website
- Red Watch, Abingdon on Thames Fire Station on Twitter
- 365alive - an Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service Initiative website
- Abingdon Blog