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Bun throwing in Abingdon

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Bun Throwing

Bun Throwing is one of several ancient traditions of Abingdon-on-Thames. The Town Council are the organisers of Bun-Throwings which are held, usually as a gesture of loyalty and goodwill to the monarch, and mainly associated with royal events.  Bun Throwing does not take place every year but only when there is a special event to celebrate. The last Bun Throwing took place in 2018, as a commemoration of the end of the First World War.

The history and details of this wonderful piece of living history, as well as a video of the April 2011 Bun Throwing on the occasion of the Royal Wedding, can be found by clicking here.

Abingdon Bun Throwing Timeline:

1761 Coronation of King George III

1810 Golden Jubilee of King George III

1821 Coronation of King Georg 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 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 Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday

1995 50th Anniversary of VE Day

1997 50th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II

2000 Millennium

2000 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

2012 HM Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 

2016 HM Queen's 90th Birthday

                                            2018 Commemoration of the end of the First World War

- Abingdon County Hall Museum kindly provided the above list of Recorded Bun Throwing’s in Abingdon since-1761



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