Traditional wassail ceremony celebrated by villagers

PUBLISHED: 11:38 22 January 2019

A Long Ashton wassailing event in Peel Park.      Picture: MARK ATHERTON

A Long Ashton wassailing event in Peel Park. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A well-loved tradition which dates back to hundreds of years was celebrated in Long Ashton on Sunday.

People banging together pots and pans at the wassailing event in Peel Park.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONPeople banging together pots and pans at the wassailing event in Peel Park. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

More than 50 villagers took part in the Family Wassail 2019 event at the village’s Peel Park, which saw people dancing around an apple tree and enjoying home-made cider.

The kings and queens of the ceremony were presented with home-made floral crowns and families decorated a tree in the park’s orchard and smashed pots and pans together to ward off evil spirits.

The ceremony also included poetry reading and music.

Organiser of the event, Bill Roberts, said: “It was great fun.

People decorating an apple tree at Long Ashtons wassailing event in Peel Park.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONPeople decorating an apple tree at Long Ashtons wassailing event in Peel Park. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“It’s a bonkers thing we do to go around the apple tree in the cold, but it also has meaning behind it.

“This is the 11th wassail Transition Long Ashton has held at the park, and we are always working towards the village having a sustainable future.”

People taking part in the Long Ashton wassailing event in Peel Park.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONPeople taking part in the Long Ashton wassailing event in Peel Park. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Children decorating the apple tree at Long Ashtons wassailing event.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONChildren decorating the apple tree at Long Ashtons wassailing event. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

A Long Ashton wassailing event in Peel Park.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONA Long Ashton wassailing event in Peel Park. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


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