There was a Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
A special bun throwing event to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee took place in Abingdon-on-Thames at 5pm on Sunday 5th June 2022.
A call to action!
5,000 currant buns were thrown to the crowd in the Market Place and High Street below as part of the tradition that dates back to 1761.
Watch the window on the right hand side of this video for a superb bun throwing moment!
This was the 36th Bun Throwing in Abingdon since 1761. The town holds the event to mark, mostly, special royal occasions. It was the 16th bun throwing held in my lifetime and it's an event I've never missed.
Photos from the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Bun Throwing in Abingdon.
The buns in flight
One of the main rules of bun throwing
The calm before the storm
A view of the Market Place in the early afternoon
The crowd beginning to form at around 4.15pm
The Morris Dancers entertaining the crowd
The rules were adhered to
A view of the crowd and the dignitaries before the bun throwing commenced
Buns in flight
I moved in for a closer view. I didn't catch any this time. Except for one I got caught bouncing off the top of my head!
After the action. We were lucky to have dry weather for the event
A post-bun throwing view of the old County Hall
One of the clean-up crew
You'd never really know that the event had taken place just a few hours before
Except there were still some unclaimed buns under a car parked on East St Helen Street
And there was still a bun stuck on the spikes above the charity shop (aka Bragg's bike shop) on the High Street
And the puddle buns were still there!
Abingdon Bun Throwing events - 1761-2022:
1761 Coronation of King George III
1810 Golden Jubilee of King George III
1821 Coronation of King George 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 The 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 The Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday
1995 50th Anniversary of VE Day
1997 50th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II
2000 The 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
The last bun throwing held in the town to date was in 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. That bun throwing was the 35th event since 1761.
The tradition of bun throwing sees the mayor and other dignitaries climb to the top of the old County Hall to throw hundreds or thousands of currant buns down to the townsfolk gathered in the market place below.