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Herald Series: The bun-throwing The bun-throwing

Despite the torrential rain, hundreds of people gathered in the centre of Abingdon to be showered with buns last night.

In a tradition dating back around 200 years, the town’s civic leaders took their positions at the top of the County Hall Museum and threw 6,000 buns to an expectant crowd below.

The buns had been marked with the number 60 in icing in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Seven-year-old George Long from Radley was one of the crowd below with his parents Dave and Fran.

He said: “It was really good. I couldn’t catch a bun, but then my dad got one for me.”

All the town’s councillors, as well as local MP Nicola Blackwood, marched up the 160-odd stairs to the top of County Hall and spent around half-an-hour throwing the buns.

Town mayor Monica Lovatt said: “This has been a long time in the planning. The town council’s staff have worked over and above the call of duty to organise it.”

This year’s bun throwing even attracted Top Gear presenter James May, who was challenged to launch buns to the back of the square for his programme Man Lab, something which had long eluded even the fittest councillors.

He used a makeshift cannon to achieve the goal.

Mr May said: “It went better than we expected. I reckon we fired about 700 buns. Some of them hit the walls on the other side of the square.

“This is possibly the weirdest request I have ever had but it was fantastic to be a part of it.

“We have brought Abingdon into the 21st century.”

The programme will be aired in the autumn.

As well as a fun in the park event in Abbey Meadows on Saturday a street party was held in Ock Street, yesterday.

Meanwhile residents in Wantage gathered on for a fun day on Saturday at the Manor Road Memorial Park, including a 1950s-style fun fair.

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11:45am Tue 5 Jun 12

pazza1 says...

absolute joke, james mays machines didnt even make it half way across the town square it was me the bun throwing champ who was the only one who got it to the back of the crowd even getting 4 on the roof above costa coffee yet i dont even get a mention who wrote this? its all lies.If i wasnt there no one at the back would've still got a bun.
absolute joke, james mays machines didnt even make it half way across the town square it was me the bun throwing champ who was the only one who got it to the back of the crowd even getting 4 on the roof above costa coffee yet i dont even get a mention who wrote this? its all lies.If i wasnt there no one at the back would've still got a bun. pazza1
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1:07pm Tue 5 Jun 12

AbingdonKing says...

It was really good to see so many people brave the rain ! Although, it was a shame that the security men were telling people that proms in the park was cancelled, I then found out on Monday that it went ahead. I was on my way to attend after the bun throwing but being told it was cancelled I turned back. I wonder if I can get a refun on my wristbands ?
It was really good to see so many people brave the rain ! Although, it was a shame that the security men were telling people that proms in the park was cancelled, I then found out on Monday that it went ahead. I was on my way to attend after the bun throwing but being told it was cancelled I turned back. I wonder if I can get a refun on my wristbands ? AbingdonKing
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1:14pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Annieo says...

My eyeballs still sting from looking up into the rain. !
My eyeballs still sting from looking up into the rain. ! Annieo
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1:33pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Abberdon says...

I thought it was manna from Heaven raining down!

Then I tasted a bun and realised it was just TESCO fare.
I thought it was manna from Heaven raining down! Then I tasted a bun and realised it was just TESCO fare. Abberdon
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2:33pm Tue 5 Jun 12

1onlineheraldreader says...

Why is this article in the Wantage/Grove edition?
Why is this article in the Wantage/Grove edition? 1onlineheraldreader
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3:04pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Abberdon says...

Because it is good for people from Wantage to know how people in Abberdon spend their money.

50k quid on Tesco buns, and Morris dancers.

Eat yer heart's out Wantage. Bet you wish you had a 200 year old tradition to brag about.
Because it is good for people from Wantage to know how people in Abberdon spend their money. 50k quid on Tesco buns, and Morris dancers. Eat yer heart's out Wantage. Bet you wish you had a 200 year old tradition to brag about. Abberdon
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3:16pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Abingdon Neil says...

@Abberdon - I assume you are being sarcastic?

The Bun Throwing is actually one of the cheaper events of the weekend and is a fine Abingdon tradition, as evidenced by the thousands who turned out despite the weather.

Granted some of the expenditure has been excessive, but the traditional (and most popular) events like the Bun Throwing and Fun in the Parks were actually the less costly ones.
@Abberdon - I assume you are being sarcastic? The Bun Throwing is actually one of the cheaper events of the weekend and is a fine Abingdon tradition, as evidenced by the thousands who turned out despite the weather. Granted some of the expenditure has been excessive, but the traditional (and most popular) events like the Bun Throwing and Fun in the Parks were actually the less costly ones. Abingdon Neil
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5:16pm Tue 5 Jun 12

greenius says...

The Morris men are not paid. We do it because we respect the Abingdon traditions. Abingdon Morris is older than the bun throwing tradition. The Ock Street mayor and horns date from 1700 (Roger Cox the current mayor is in the picture of this article) and Morris dancing existed in Abingdon for hundreds of years before then.

We devised a new dance "diamond royale" for this occasion, which we danced in front of the County Hall just before the bun throwing despite the unpleasant weather.

Thanks to everyone at the Ock street party and fun in the park for making it a great weekend.
The Morris men are not paid. We do it because we respect the Abingdon traditions. Abingdon Morris is older than the bun throwing tradition. The Ock Street mayor and horns date from 1700 (Roger Cox the current mayor is in the picture of this article) and Morris dancing existed in Abingdon for hundreds of years before then. We devised a new dance "diamond royale" for this occasion, which we danced in front of the County Hall just before the bun throwing despite the unpleasant weather. Thanks to everyone at the Ock street party and fun in the park for making it a great weekend. greenius
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10:53pm Tue 5 Jun 12

Iain L says...

Thanks to the Morris men - unfortunately I didn't see the new dance as arrived too late but hopefully will get to see it at the dance day on 16th June.

I can confirm, as I was standing next to pazza1 that his buns flew miles (a lot further than mine certainly), although I think he's bein a bit harsh on James mays leaf blowing repeater which certainly fired a load of buns a long way too. But in terms of pure distance I think pazza1 ges the prize. Although the real prize goes tothe thousands of Abingdonians who braved the weather to enjoy the buns - well done all.

It was also good to see so many people at last night's concert - about 2000 I believe - enjoying the nicer weather, good music (joining in for Delilah rivalled the Stoke City fans), fireworks and a fair few pints of Abingdon bridge.

A great jubilee weekend all in all. Gawd bless you ma'am!
Thanks to the Morris men - unfortunately I didn't see the new dance as arrived too late but hopefully will get to see it at the dance day on 16th June. I can confirm, as I was standing next to pazza1 that his buns flew miles (a lot further than mine certainly), although I think he's bein a bit harsh on James mays leaf blowing repeater which certainly fired a load of buns a long way too. But in terms of pure distance I think pazza1 ges the prize. Although the real prize goes tothe thousands of Abingdonians who braved the weather to enjoy the buns - well done all. It was also good to see so many people at last night's concert - about 2000 I believe - enjoying the nicer weather, good music (joining in for Delilah rivalled the Stoke City fans), fireworks and a fair few pints of Abingdon bridge. A great jubilee weekend all in all. Gawd bless you ma'am! Iain L
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12:26pm Wed 6 Jun 12

wizardofox2 says...

We're getting used to Ian L's over exaggerated comments here, when I popped to the proms night at around 9.00pm I struggled to count more than a couple of hundred heads, but then he also said 250 children from Dalton Barracks would be bused in for the street party too?
Ian L = pinch of salt.
We're getting used to Ian L's over exaggerated comments here, when I popped to the proms night at around 9.00pm I struggled to count more than a couple of hundred heads, but then he also said 250 children from Dalton Barracks would be bused in for the street party too? Ian L = pinch of salt. wizardofox2
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1:40pm Wed 6 Jun 12

Iain L says...

To correct your typically inaccurate comments wizard.

I said the dalton families had booked a table for 250 at the street fair which is correct.

The concert I was talking about was the one on Monday night which was very well attended as tge weather was much better. Over 2000 tickets were sold and I don't think there were many no shows - certainly a good 1500 attended.
To correct your typically inaccurate comments wizard. I said the dalton families had booked a table for 250 at the street fair which is correct. The concert I was talking about was the one on Monday night which was very well attended as tge weather was much better. Over 2000 tickets were sold and I don't think there were many no shows - certainly a good 1500 attended. Iain L
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3:17pm Wed 6 Jun 12

1onlineheraldreader says...

All you Abingdonites, begone!! This is the Wantage/Grove edition you forelock tuggers.
All you Abingdonites, begone!! This is the Wantage/Grove edition you forelock tuggers. 1onlineheraldreader
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3:26pm Wed 6 Jun 12

wizardofox2 says...

What a surprise Ian L, your 2000 quote has now been reduced to 1,500 ! and what ever happened to the 250 from Dalton then? or was that just another load of bull S*** too?
What a surprise Ian L, your 2000 quote has now been reduced to 1,500 ! and what ever happened to the 250 from Dalton then? or was that just another load of bull S*** too? wizardofox2
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3:45pm Wed 6 Jun 12

Iain L says...

Could have been anywhere between 1500 or 2000 too many to count - just an estimate.

I don't know if the Dalton guys made it on Sunday - the weather as I'm sure you noticed was pretty awful - you'll have to ask them.

Why the anger wizard - don't you like seeing the community getting together in a positive way?
Could have been anywhere between 1500 or 2000 too many to count - just an estimate. I don't know if the Dalton guys made it on Sunday - the weather as I'm sure you noticed was pretty awful - you'll have to ask them. Why the anger wizard - don't you like seeing the community getting together in a positive way? Iain L
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4:53pm Wed 6 Jun 12

pazza1 says...

Iain L wrote:
Thanks to the Morris men - unfortunately I didn't see the new dance as arrived too late but hopefully will get to see it at the dance day on 16th June. I can confirm, as I was standing next to pazza1 that his buns flew miles (a lot further than mine certainly), although I think he's bein a bit harsh on James mays leaf blowing repeater which certainly fired a load of buns a long way too. But in terms of pure distance I think pazza1 ges the prize. Although the real prize goes tothe thousands of Abingdonians who braved the weather to enjoy the buns - well done all. It was also good to see so many people at last night's concert - about 2000 I believe - enjoying the nicer weather, good music (joining in for Delilah rivalled the Stoke City fans), fireworks and a fair few pints of Abingdon bridge. A great jubilee weekend all in all. Gawd bless you ma'am!
i have spoke to several people who were in the crowd near the back and all of them said james mays buns didnt reach them you must of mistaken my throws for his as i said his only reached halfway
[quote][p][bold]Iain L[/bold] wrote: Thanks to the Morris men - unfortunately I didn't see the new dance as arrived too late but hopefully will get to see it at the dance day on 16th June. I can confirm, as I was standing next to pazza1 that his buns flew miles (a lot further than mine certainly), although I think he's bein a bit harsh on James mays leaf blowing repeater which certainly fired a load of buns a long way too. But in terms of pure distance I think pazza1 ges the prize. Although the real prize goes tothe thousands of Abingdonians who braved the weather to enjoy the buns - well done all. It was also good to see so many people at last night's concert - about 2000 I believe - enjoying the nicer weather, good music (joining in for Delilah rivalled the Stoke City fans), fireworks and a fair few pints of Abingdon bridge. A great jubilee weekend all in all. Gawd bless you ma'am![/p][/quote]i have spoke to several people who were in the crowd near the back and all of them said james mays buns didnt reach them you must of mistaken my throws for his as i said his only reached halfway pazza1
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1:27pm Thu 7 Jun 12

micah6v8 says...

1onlineheraldreader, the Herald series website serves Abingdon, Wantage/Grove, Wallingford and Didcot editions of the Herald. There isn't a dedicated Wantage/Grove website - we all get to share the news articles! Incidentally, it's the same content on the Oxford Times and Oxford Mail websites!

pazza1, you were very good at throwing such a long distance, but James May's bun-throwing devices did manage to get the crowd at the back – I know, our friends managed to get one!
1onlineheraldreader, the Herald series website serves Abingdon, Wantage/Grove, Wallingford and Didcot editions of the Herald. There isn't a dedicated Wantage/Grove website - we all get to share the news articles! Incidentally, it's the same content on the Oxford Times and Oxford Mail websites! pazza1, you were very good at throwing such a long distance, but James May's bun-throwing devices did manage to get the crowd at the back – I know, our friends managed to get one! micah6v8
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2:10pm Thu 7 Jun 12

1onlineheraldreader says...

@micah6vh

The sections are:
" Abingdon/Didcot/Wall
ingford/Wantage/Grov
e/National News/Opinion/Galleri
es ",
they do NOT all have the same headers/content, click on the sections and you will see.
@micah6vh The sections are: " Abingdon/Didcot/Wall ingford/Wantage/Grov e/National News/Opinion/Galleri es ", they do NOT all have the same headers/content, click on the sections and you will see. 1onlineheraldreader
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2:27pm Thu 7 Jun 12

micah6v8 says...

@1onlineheraldreader



Yes, there are different sections for each area, but they all contain the same stories (just in a different order). You'll see by clicking the links below that the same news article (including the associated comments) is being shown in each section.

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Oxford Mail edition:
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Oxford Times edition:
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It all comes from the same database
@1onlineheraldreader Yes, there are different sections for each area, but they all contain the same stories (just in a different order). You'll see by clicking the links below that the same news article (including the associated comments) is being shown in each section. Wantage edition: http://www.heraldser ies.co.uk/news/hswan tagenews/9742515.A_r oyal_flush_as_neighb ours_come_together/ Abingdon edition: http://www.heraldser ies.co.uk/news/hsabi ngdonnews/9742515.A_ royal_flush_as_neigh bours_come_together/ Oxford Mail edition: http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/news/yourtow n/abingdon/9742515.A _royal_flush_as_neig hbours_come_together / Oxford Times edition: http://www.oxfordtim es.co.uk/news/yourto wn/abingdon/9742515. A_royal_flush_as_nei ghbours_come_togethe r/ It all comes from the same database micah6v8
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7:29pm Thu 7 Jun 12

nickschin says...

Video of the bun throwing > http://youtu.be/x0Oy
QTVCFhE
Video of the bun throwing > http://youtu.be/x0Oy QTVCFhE nickschin
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9:33pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Belle30 says...

I attended the bun throwing, even though I live in Wantage. I ended up standing right at the back near Costa, and as good as James May's machine was, if it hadn't have been for Pazza1 getting the buns right to the back a lot of people would have been disappointed.
I attended the bun throwing, even though I live in Wantage. I ended up standing right at the back near Costa, and as good as James May's machine was, if it hadn't have been for Pazza1 getting the buns right to the back a lot of people would have been disappointed. Belle30
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10:09pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Diddums says...

''wizardofox2 says...
12:26pm Wed 6 Jun 12

Ian L = pinch of salt.''

Normal attention seeking behavior from the Town Troll under his latest 'pseudonim' . At least Iain L had the Ba..s to get himself elected ! Which is more than can be said for you !
Just don't like anything positive do you ?
''wizardofox2 says... 12:26pm Wed 6 Jun 12 Ian L = pinch of salt.'' Normal attention seeking behavior from the Town Troll under his latest 'pseudonim' . At least Iain L had the Ba..s to get himself elected ! Which is more than can be said for you ! Just don't like anything positive do you ? Diddums
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8:38am Fri 8 Jun 12

wizardofox2 says...

My best experiences of Abingdon was as a taxi driver driving out of it (that's when the traffic wasn't stationary) as for being elected, well you can't stand for local council if you live more than a certain distance away and Marston is outside of the criteria, thank the lord !
My best experiences of Abingdon was as a taxi driver driving out of it (that's when the traffic wasn't stationary) as for being elected, well you can't stand for local council if you live more than a certain distance away and Marston is outside of the criteria, thank the lord ! wizardofox2
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9:02am Fri 8 Jun 12

Iain L says...

So given you've not paid a penny towards the abingdon jubilee why do you feel you have to comment do vociferously on something that doesn't impact you in any way?

Maybe Marston's residents would enjoy your comments more?
So given you've not paid a penny towards the abingdon jubilee why do you feel you have to comment do vociferously on something that doesn't impact you in any way? Maybe Marston's residents would enjoy your comments more? Iain L
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