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Wassailing events taking place across North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 January 2018

Congresbury's Wassail on the Green. Picture: Jeremy Long.

Congresbury's Wassail on the Green. Picture: Jeremy Long.

(C)2016 Jeremy Long / JCLPhotography, all rights reserved

A Somerset tradition dating back hundreds of years will take place across the county this month, as the wassailing season begins.

Wassails will be held across North Somerset in January, as revellers try to banish ghosts and wake cider apple trees from their slumber after the harvest.

Villagers are encouraged to go along armed with pots and pans as an apple king and queen lead famous old rhymes to rid the orchards of evil spirits.

And after the orchard has been freed from evil, crack open a classic scrumpy cider and enjoy this quintessentially West Country get-together.

The wassails begin on Saturday in Congresbury and Pill, and celebrations will be held in Nailsea and Kingston Seymour later in the month.

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