Diamond Jubilee: Abingdon bun throwing

There is the big Diamond Jubilee event on the Thames in central London this Sunday 3 June 2012.

Upstream the Jubilee is being celebrated at Abingdon with an old custom at 6pm.

Buns will be thrown from the roof of County Hall in a custom dating back to at least 1761 when George III’s coronation was marked in this manner.

Last year it took just over 20 minutes for the Mayor of Abingdon and councillors to throw 4000 buns on Prince William’s wedding day.

Next Sunday there are even more buns – 6,000 or 100 for every year of the Queen’s reign.

The Throwing Buns cafe in Market Place is named after the tradition and is a good place to end or start a walk.


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