Enjoying an Easter treat in Sidmouth

Some of the team behind the traditional hot cross bun giveaway pose for a photo on Good Friday, 2012

Some of the team behind the traditional hot cross bun giveaway pose for a photo on Good Friday, 2012. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

For more than 100 years, children have waited in line to receive their Good Friday treat. We take a pictorial look back at the event in recent years.

Sidmouth Easter buns 2016. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Easter buns 2016. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The tradition of Sidmouth’s annual hot cross bun giveaway is all set to take place at the end of March.

The event dates back to 1898, when 2,000 buns and oranges were given away to the children of Sidmouth, after bakers in the town had decided not to bake hot cross buns on Good Friday.

According to records, Bedford Hotel proprietor John Parfitt Millen and some of his friends paid Newton Poppleford baker Mr Wheaton to supply the Easter treats.

And now, more than a century later, the tradition is still going strong.

Sidmouth hot cross buns 2013. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth hot cross buns 2013. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant


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In more recent years the giveaway has also included a crème egg in the bag, along with the hot cross bun and orange, with around 900 given out.

Youngsters queue up from early in the day on Good Friday, to make sure they don’t miss out and this year’s event is set to take place on Friday, March 30, at its traditional venue of Bedford Lawn car park, from 9am.

Councillor Stuart Hughes hands out the first of the hot cross buns to Jack Mesher who was first in t

Councillor Stuart Hughes hands out the first of the hot cross buns to Jack Mesher who was first in the queue on Good Friday 2013. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Milly Mann age three in her colourful Easter hat on Good Friday, 2012. Picture: Simon Horn

Milly Mann age three in her colourful Easter hat on Good Friday, 2012. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth's 2000 hot cross bun giveaway at the Bedford car park in 2011. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth's 2000 hot cross bun giveaway at the Bedford car park in 2011. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth's 2000 hot cross bun giveaway at the Bedford car park in 2011. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth's 2000 hot cross bun giveaway at the Bedford car park in 2011. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Cute one year old Rose Cooke with her bun on Good Friday, 2014. Picture: Simon Horn

Cute one year old Rose Cooke with her bun on Good Friday, 2014. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

The Sidmouth Easter buns giveaway was held in the Methodist church due to poor weather in 2009.
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The Sidmouth Easter buns giveaway was held in the Methodist church due to poor weather in 2009. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

First in line in 2009 for the second year running was Shaun Mackay, Matt Ward, Declan West, Shannon

First in line in 2009 for the second year running was Shaun Mackay, Matt Ward, Declan West, Shannon Tayler, Katie Turner and Declan Lines. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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