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Abingdon celebrates royal wedding with bun throwing

Revellers have been taking part in an unusual royal wedding celebration in Oxfordshire - with thousands of buns thrown off a roof.

The tradition of throwing 4,000 currant buns from the roof of Abingdon's County Hall dates back 200 years.

Crowds gathered in the market place below shortly before 1800 BST for the ritual, which traditionally marks special occasions.

The first recorded bun throwing marked King George III's coronation in 1761.

Horseback parade

Other occasions have included VE Day, the Millennium and the Queen Mother's 100th birthday.

The ancient market town of Woodstock marked the royal nuptials with a joust and horseback parade from Blenheim Palace to the town square.

Meanwhile, Donna Zavala, 36, from Wantage, Oxfordshire, spent the night on the street in London with her family, including her nine-and-a-half-month-old son.

Speaking about the event, she said: "It was overwhelming. The British do it very well."

Councils across Oxfordshire received as many as 90 applications for street parties.

The village of Cropredy went one better by holding a village party, with morris dancing and live music on the village green, where hundreds of people attended.

Many more unofficial parties have taken place across the region on pavements, in cul-de-sacs and places where permission and road closures were not needed.

Councils in Oxford waived fees for road closures as a gesture of goodwill.

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