Enjoying an Easter treat in Sidmouth
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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.
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.
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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.
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