Saturday, May 26, 2012

Abingdon-on-Thames’ Bun Throwing to get ‘Man Lab’ assistance!

New method of launching buns to be unveiled at upcoming Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames

The next Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames will see another ‘first’ as James May from the BBC TV show James May’s Man Lab will be taking part in an attempt to help launch the buns to the people at the back of the crowd that will be gathering in the market place.

The team from the Man Lab will be building some sort of contraption and will be up on the roof of the old County Hall along with the Mayor, dignitaries and the two winners of the inaugural World Bun Throwing Championships.

You can read the latest news story about the Abingdon Bun Throwing on the Oxford Mail website at “Bun throwers enlist help of TV star”

Since I’ve been a catcher at the Bun Throwing events I’ve seen the throwers use an assortment of different sports rackets to get the buns to as many of the crowd as possible. Some catchers also employ upturned umbrellas to increase their chances of nabbing a prized currant bun!

The Bun Throwing for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will see 6,000 buns thrown – the largest number of buns thrown at the event since 1761. The next event will also be the first since the town was officially re-named Abingdon-on-Thames.


Richard Gottfried said...

The new Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames Monica Lovatt had a letter printed in The Telegraph today (30th May) in a piece on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The letter mentions the tradition of Bun Throwing - "Never mind what they say, we shall be celebrating the Jubilee with gusto"

Richard Gottfried said...

Having a look online I noticed that a group called "Spice - the Adventure, Social & Leisure club in the Thames Valley & Solent area" are planning a Flash Mob at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames.

It'll be very interesting for them to attend, as the gathering of 6,000+ Abingdonians in the town's market place is a sight to behold - it was a flash mob before flash mobs existed!

Richard Gottfried said...

The Oxford Times has written a very good piece about the upcoming Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. You can read it here.