Hot cross mourning widows

Posted at 8:45 am, April 6, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

Hot Cross BunWant to see some sailors hang a currant bun in a hammock above a pub bar? Us too, and that’s exactly what’ll be happening at the cheerfully titled Widow’s Son pub in Bow today (April 6) built on the site of a widow’s cottage. The old story goes that she baked her sailor son a hot cross bun to celebrate his return from the high seas. Sadly, he never made it back. In her grief, she continued to bake a bun every year until she died. These days, the sailors have picked up the mantle, singing songs, eating buns and generally getting drunk to mourn the long lost mariner. If that’s not quite your cup of tea, head down to the St Bartholomew-the-Great church at Smithfield for 11.30am where they will be having a currant bun service and watch on as 21 widows receive hot cross buns. Bet you didn’t know how many rituals were attached to the humble bread treat! Didi Mae Hand

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