Christmas buns were thrown at people as part of a culinary inspired festive tradition.

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Every year at Colchester’s High Street Christmas Fair, the mayor hurls buns from the Town Hall balcony to the crowds eagerly waiting to catch them.

And yesterday was no different – except that an old secret bun recipe was used for the first time in decades.

Twenty of the buns, thrown by mayor Colin Sykes, had extra gold on them in the shape of £5 golden vouchers.

The buns, which were made by a local baker, have a golden tinge to them due to an ingredient that used to be grown in Essex.

They were adorned with a star to symbolise Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – a poem written by Jane and Anne Taylor in West Stockwell Street next to the Town Hall.

Organiser Don Quinn said: “We wanted this year to be special so when I was offered the recipe by an old Colchester resident I jumped at the chance.”

The bun hurling was part of Colchester’s Christmas Fair, which saw the historic High Street closed to traffic.

Thousands of people filled the streets for traditional and exotic food and drink and Christmas shopping.