PICTURES: Families enjoy traditional Wassail ceremony

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 January 2020

Congresbury Wassailers making their way to the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury Wassailers making their way to the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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An ancient Somerset tradition returned to a village on the weekend.

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury villagers hosted a wassail ceremony on the Millennium Green on Saturday.

Dozens of youngsters and adults blessed the apple trees at the community orchard, while pots and pans were bashed and cider-soaked toast wafted around the trees to encourage a fruitful crop of apples.

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The green man, Brian Kemplay, led the procession with old songs.

The celebration originates from a Pagan ritual dating back centuries.

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Wassail celebrations will continue in the area this weekend.

Wraxall's Tyntesfield House will host its first wassail on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm.

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Admission, priced £6-26, is available on the day.

If you attend a wassailing event, remember to upload your photos to www.iwitness24.co.uk

Blessing the new apple trees at the Community Orchard during Conresbury Wassail.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONBlessing the new apple trees at the Community Orchard during Conresbury Wassail. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassail at the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury Wassailers making their way to the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassailers making their way to the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Congresbury Wassailers making their way to the Community Orchard.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury Wassailers making their way to the Community Orchard. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


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