Revellers gather for annual Wassailing ceremony

PUBLISHED: 17:04 14 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:49 14 January 2019

Pill Ladies Morris and Green Man Ben Newby at Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTON

Pill Ladies Morris and Green Man Ben Newby at Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

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Dozens of revellers gathered with pots and pans at a community orchard in Pill to bless the trees and the coming harvest during the historic Somerset tradition of wassailing.

Wassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTONWassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

The annual ceremony at Watchhouse Hill Community Orchard, on Saturday, began with a lantern lit procession led by the Pill Ladies Morris up the hill to the orchard.

The trees were then blessed by Green Man, Ben Newby, and toast soaked in cider was placed on the branches by apple maiden Freya.

Wassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTONWassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

Children then banged pots and pans while spectators held hands and said the incantation to frighten away evil spirits from the orchard.

Finally cider was poured around the trees to help ensure a bountiful harvest.

Wassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTONWassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

The crowd was also treated to a performance on the hill from the morris dancing company.

Hot mulled cider was served to onlookers to warm them up on the cold winter night after the ceremony had concluded.

Wassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTONWassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

Wassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTONWassailers wassailing the old apple tree Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

Steam rising from the mulled cider being served at Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTONSteam rising from the mulled cider being served at Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

A young Green Man in the making at Pill Wassail.        



Picture MARK ATHERTONA young Green Man in the making at Pill Wassail. Picture MARK ATHERTON

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