A look back at the World Bun Throwing Championships held in Abingdon-on-Thames in 2012.
My home town has a very quirky tradition called bun throwing.
Townsfolk gather in the market place and attempt to catch currant buns thrown by the Mayor and other dignitaries from the top of the old County Hall.
The event dates back to 1761 when a bread dole / bun throw was held in the town to celebrate the coronation of King George III.
Since that first event there have been a further 34 bun throwings in the town. I've attended all of the bun throwings held in my lifetime.
In April 2012 the inaugural World Bun Throwing Championships were held to find the town's best bun throwers who would be invited to become bun throwers on the big day.
|Throwing a currant bun at the World Bun Throwing Championships at Abingdon Vale Cricket Club|
I was the second person from the town to step-up for a throw and had selected four fine currant buns for my attempt at the title. After a couple of throws between the 18 and 21 metre marks I hit a personal best of 25m 10cm to set (and temporarily hold) the new World Record and clubhouse lead. In the event report on the excellent Abingdon Blog, it's noted that the World Record was broken a number of times in this inaugural event!
I wonder when it will be possible to hold another bun throwing event?
As a mass gathering and celebration event it'd be nice to think a bun throwing could be held to mark the safe ending of the coronavirus pandemic once a vaccine is created, distributed and working.