Revellers celebrate wassail in Nailsea
PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 January 2018
Crowds enjoyed a lively wassailing ceremony around an illuminated apple tree in Nailsea.
Excited revellers gathered outside the Old Farmhouse pub for the start of the lantern procession, which snaked down to Trendlewood park.
The Barley Rye choir, the Green Man and the Butler led the procession and revellers were invited to bang their pan lids and shout as loud as they could, to ward away the winter spirits and encourage a good apple crop.
Children hung toast in the tree and the Butler and the Barley Rye choir sang songs while the mulled cider was shared out among the adults.
Nailsea Cider made the warm tipple from apples from around the town, which were pressed at Transition Town Nailsea’s apple day in 2016.
The celebrations ended at the Old Farmhouse pub, in Trendlewood Way, with a traditional Mummers’ play, performed by volunteers and choir members.