Walking over Abingdon treasure

Abingdon treasure
This is the bridge, rebuilt in the 1920s, over the Thames at Abingdon, with a view towards Nags Head Inn.
Abingdon treasure
This is the view across the river to St Helen’s Wharf with the Plane trees and almshouses.
Abingdon treasure
A detectorist was searching for treasure round a tree root. The Detectorists TV series was one of the best comedy programmes I have seen in recent years. For every Saxon Abingdon sword there could be thousands of modern ring pulls down there. But because of Abingdon’s long history there is more treasure beneath our feet than in most places.
Abingdon treasure
Culham Bridge is no longer part of the highway and was how Abingdon Bridge looked before the 1920’s rebuild. The side walls are only about two feet six inches high.
Abingdon treasure
This is the view across the river and empty car park towards a huddle of old buildings including the Abbey Buildings, Unicorn Theatre, and mill.

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Beacon and Bells round off Armistice Day Centenary in Abingdon

Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
A beacon on top of the County Hall in Abingdon
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
,watched by a small crowd on Abingdon Market Place,

and bells, at the same time, from St Helen’s Church, rounded off this Armistice Day centenary in Abingdon.

The beacon was intended to show the light that came after the darkness of war. More than 800 beacons were lit by councils and communities across the UK.

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Abingon-on-Thames Act of Rembrance – 11th November 2018

Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
Many Abingdon people gathered round the war memorial in the sunshine, and along High Street to await the remembrance day parade. Abingdon Town Band led the parade from a service at St Helen’s Church to the war memorial. The parade included soldiers from Dalton Barracks.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
Uniformed groups, and civic organisations brought wreaths of poppies to lay at the war memorial.

Then at 11 am, one hundred years after the guns of WW1 became silent, Steve Rich read the exhortation “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old… we will remember them“. Alison Rich of Abingdon Town Band then played the last post (recording above). There followed a two minutes silence (to remember the fallen).
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
After Alison Rich sounded the Reveille, the band played and the crowd sang “Oh God our Help in Ages Past” as wreaths were put beside the memorial.

After the end of the ceremony, and after God save the Queen had been sung, civic dignitaries then went ahead to the County Hall to await the march by.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, representing the Queen, (Mrs Felicity Dick), the Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames (Councillor Margaret Crick), the town’s poppy appeal organiser (Clare Oldfield), and a senior officer from Dalton Barracks took the salute. To their left is 100 year old Ena Mitchell, from the war widows association.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
The march was led by Abingdon Town Band and soldiers from Dalton Barracks,
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
It included veterans,
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
and uniformed groups and went on and on and on. It is a wonder they all fitted round the war memorial.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
Back at the war memorial people looked at the wreaths,
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
and left their own tributes.

The event was very well organised, and people along the High Street could hear what was going on through loud speakers.

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Abingdon Festival of Fireworks 2018

Abingdon Festival of Fireworks 2018
At Dalton Barracks a fireworks festival was being prepared throughout the day.

The rain made the organisers nervous.

Evening came and then lots of people decided to go to the event. The roads ground to a standstill, and so the main display was delayed while the cars were directed in.

Children’s quiet fireworks began the evening.
Abingdon Festival of Fireworks 2018
The bonfire was lit. There was a funfair and food kiosks.

There followed a display of fireworks, one by one, where we were educated about the different fireworks. We were like students being taught about music before going to a concert.
Abingdon Festival of Fireworks 2018
Then the main display came. It was well worth the wait.
Abingdon Festival of Fireworks 2018
The fireworks choreographed with music …
Abingdon Festival of Fireworks 2018
were beautiful.

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Bun Throwing 2018

Bun Throwing 2018
Bun Throwing is an Abingdon Tradition that began with the 1761 Coronation of King George III, and celebrates important Royal and other events. Buns are thrown by local dignitaries from the roof of the County Hall to the populace. (This year we saw the introduction of an ingredients list so that there was no problems with the modern problem of allergies.)
Bun Throwing 2018
The reason for the 2018 bun throw was to celebrate, one hundred years ago, the end of the WW1 . The dignitaries, aided by a few soldiers with good throwing skills, threw the buns.
Bun Throwing 2018
It was raining rain
Bun Throwing 2018
as well as buns.
Bun Throwing 2018
Thankyou to Elizabeth for sending me this picture of her grandson with some buns. One is the special centenary buns with a poppy.
Bun Throwing 2018
Richard Gottfried has been running the World of Bun Throwing Blog since 2006, and has attended every bun throwing in his lifetime.  He was born in Abingdon and comes back for every bun throw.

This time he got hit by a bun while taking a selfie.
Bun Throwing 2018
After the people had gone there were rich picking for the Abingdon pigeons. They love bun throwing too.

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