LEISURE: Wassailing - let the cider apple trees awaken and here’s to a good harvest
THE annual Wassail ceremony took place at Rich’s Cider Farm at Watchfield near Highbridge on Saturday (January 20, 2018) evening as people gathered to wish apple trees a healthy year.
People met at Rich’s Cider to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the autumn.
The ceremony was led by the Wassail Queen who was lifted up into the boughs of a tree where she placed a piece of toast soaked in wassail - hot mulled cider - as a gift to the tree spirits.
The crowds then shouted and made as much noise as possible – backed up by gunmen with a volley of fire - to make sure that the work is done.
There was entertainment from The Skimmity Hitchers and Bob Darch Music while proceeds from the event will be shared between the Bristol Kidney Patient Association and local charities.
The Rotary Club of Burnham-on-Sea, who organised the event in conjunction with Rich’s Cider Farm, would like to thank everyone for their support.
PHOTO - TOP: The 2018 Wassail Queen.
PHOTO GALLERY: More pictures can be seen here on this link - http://www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk/blog/2018/01/21/wassail-at-rich-s-cider-farm-january-20-2018/ .