PICTURES: People celebrate at wassailing event in Pill

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 January 2018

Ben the Greenman with Apple Queen Lottie.

Ben the Greenman with Apple Queen Lottie.

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Whistles, calls and drums could be heard in a North Somerset village this weekend as residents blessed the trees in the annual wassail event.

Pill Wassail ceremony.Pill Wassail ceremony.

The Friends of Watchhouse Hill hosted its eighth annual event which began with a lantern procession through the town, led by The Green Man, Ben Newby.

People enjoyed mulled cider and apple juice before the hanging of the cider-drenched toast.

The evening featured performances from the Pill Wailers and the Pill Ladies Morris Dancers as well as the blessing ceremony.

Ben the Greenman with Apple Queen Lottie.Ben the Greenman with Apple Queen Lottie.

Organiser and group secretary Maggi Stowers said it was a ‘terrific evening’ with more than 70 people attending.

She added: “It was quite magical, especially for the children.”

The centuries-old tradition is carried out across Somerset to scare off bad spirits and bless the trees in the hopes of a successful harvest.

Pill Wailers singing wassailing songs.Pill Wailers singing wassailing songs.

Pill Wassail ceremony.Pill Wassail ceremony.

Pill Ladies Morris.Pill Ladies Morris.

Grace and Scarlett.Grace and Scarlett.

Judy and Chris dressed for the occasion.Judy and Chris dressed for the occasion.

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