IN PICTURES: Long Ashton bless apple trees during wassail
PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 January 2018
Wassailing season came to an end this weekend as people from a North Somerset village scared ghosts away.
People from Long Ashton gathered in the community orchard, in Peel Park, to chase away demons and to wake the apple trees ahead of the harvest season.
The centuries-old tradition saw families and friends march through the town with a samba band making noise before arriving at the park.
More than 40 people braved the blustery conditions to anoint the tree, decorate it with dried apple rings and crown the king and queen of the wassail.
Trumpets were blown and wooden spoons bashed against saucepans to scare of ghosts before people enjoyed some warm cider and apple juice.
It began when it was thought wassailing, meaning to be healthy, would encourage a good crop.
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