Revellers gather for annual Wassailing ceremony
PUBLISHED: 17:04 14 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:49 14 January 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.