Pictures: villagers scare away angry spirits at Watchhouse Hill wassail
PUBLISHED: 13:52 27 January 2020 | UPDATED: 13:52 27 January 2020
Revellers gathered at a community orchard armed with with pots, pans and drums to scare off evil spirits to help ensure a successful harvest.
The annual wassailing ceremony at Watchhouse Hill Community Orchard, in Pill on Saturday night, saw dozens of families congregate to take part in the traditional festivities.
It began with a lantern-lit procession, led by the Pill Ladies Morris, up the hill to the orchard.
The trees were then blessed by the Green Man, Ben Newby, and toast soaked in cider was placed on the branches by this year's Apple Maiden, seven-year-old Lucy.
Pots, pans and drums were hit, creating an almighty din, 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, and warm cider was served.
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