Ten years ago: Raincoats on for hot cross bun giveaway

P2688-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2688-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

With the announcement that Sidmouth’s popular hot cross bun giveaway will not be held for the first time in its 122-year history, we have dug into our archives to find photos from the same event held 10 years ago.

P2686-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2686-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Despite a particularly rainy day, the community still turned out in its numbers to enjoy the event.

The tradition dates back to 1898, when bakers announced they would not be baking hot cross buns on Good Friday.

The fun event has continued to this very day, and some youngsters have been known to have queued up from the early hours of the morning to ensure they are first in line when the festivities start.

This year’s hot cross bun event, due to be held on Good Friday, has been cancelled due to growing fears about the threat of Covid-19.

P2684-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2684-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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A spokesman for the event said: “Such an event poses a high risk to families in the whole of the Sid Valley, and in its very nature would be impossible to prevent close human contact.”

P2680-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2680-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2679-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2679-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2671-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2671-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2675-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2675-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2667-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2667-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2665-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2665-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2661-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2661-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2655-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.Sebastia

P2655-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.Sebastian and William MacGregor did a great job taking donations. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2650-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2650-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2649-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2649-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2647-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2647-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2645-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2645-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2644-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2644-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2640-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. Sidmout

P2640-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. Sidmouth town band. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2639-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.David Cl

P2639-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.David Clapp with his satsuma. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2633-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2633-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2636-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.Christin

P2636-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.Christina Clapp with her bun. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2623-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. 1st in

P2623-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. 1st in line were L-R Dan Powell,Jake Bowkett,Callum Isaac and Harrison Ashley-Jones. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2630-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather.
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P2630-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

P2619-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. Some of

P2619-13-10TI Sidmouth great Bun giveaway was held in the St John's hall due to the weather. Some of the organisers. photo Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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