East Budleigh pupils mark age-old village tradition with bun fun

Bun fun was had by Drakes Primary School pupils when the youngsters caught tasty treats thrown from the church tower in East Budleigh.

The children’s growing excitement could be heard across the village on Wednesday (November 3) when the youngsters waited patiently beneath All Saints Church to mark the annual tradition of having buns thrown down to them from above.

East Budleigh

Drakes Primary School pupils caught iced buns thrown from the top of the church tower.

The iced buns, wrapped in a paper bag, were thrown down from the church roof, for the youngsters to catch, tuck straight in, or take home to enjoy later.

A spokeswoman for Drakes Church of England Primary School said: “Shouts and squeals of delight could be heard around the village as the children claimed their buns thrown from the church tower.”

The school said the Bun Day tradition stems from similar historical events, when it is reported on November 1, All Saints Day, ‘there was much excitement in the churchyard when, from the roof of the church, the vicar and sexton threw buns down to the schoolchildren’.

East Budleigh

Buns were thrown from the top of All Saints Church.

It is thought the tradition commemorates the landing of Protestant hero William of Orange at Torbay in November 1688, said the spokeswoman.

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