HARWICH’S unique kitchel-throwing tradition is to be filmed as part of a documentary.

The Harwich tradition has been taking place for more than 400 years as part of the town's annual mayor-making ceremony

After the formal ceremony at St Nicholas’ Church, the new mayor makes their way to the historic Guildhall where they throw sweet buns – known as kitchels – from a window to waiting children below.

Harwich Town Council has agreed to a request from a film maker to capture the event this May.

It will feature as part of the a documentary film project called Mayday.

Councillors agreed to allow the film-maker access to council premises and to conduct interviews with those contributing to the ceremony.

Deputy mayor Charlie Powell is expected to be elected as mayor in May.

He said: "Kitchel-throwing is a wonderful tradition and unique to our historic town.

"It's a fantastic day and the children all love it.

"I was mayor four years ago and I'm looking forward to doing it again - it was a real eye-opener to all the things that go on in Harwich.

"I'm also looking forward to seeing the documentary once it's complete - hopefully it will help to promote the town."