Number of buns to be thrown announced and details of the first Royal Bun Throwing Championship
The 33rd Bun Throwing will be taking place in Abingdon-on-Thames on Sunday 3rd June 2012 and a total of 6,000 buns will be thrown to the crowd in the town’s market place. The event is being held to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The traditional event is unique to Abingdon-on-Thames and the first throw took place in 1761 to celebrate the Coronation of King George III. The next Bun Throwing didn’t take place until 1810 to mark the King’s Golden Jubilee. Last year the Marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton saw a Bun Throwing take place. Prior to that event the last two Bun Throwings were held in 2006 to mark the 450th Anniversary of Abingdon receiving its Charter, the first that year also marked the Queen’s Official Birthday, while the second event was held during a visit to the town by HRH the Princess Royal.
On Saturday 14th April the first-ever Royal Bun Throwing Championship will be taking place at Abingdon Vale Cricket Club on Culham Road between 2pm and 4pm. The tournament will see competitors paying a £1 fee per bun to attempt the furthest throw. The winners will receive the opportunity to join the Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames – Councillor Mike Badcock - and other dignitaries atop the old County Hall as a Bun Thrower at the main event on Sunday 3rd June. A junior competition will also be taking place with the winner receiving the Junior Bun Throwing Trophy.
The Mayor has also announced that a small test event has already taken place at the Abingdon Vale Cricket Club to see how much space is required and to look at the aerodynamic qualities of the buns!
Last year a raffle was held to choose a winner to become a bun thrower.
Related Blog Posts:
- Abingdon Bun Throwing Report - Friday 29th April 2011 (including list of Bun Throwing Events – 1761-2011)