Wassail in the Orchard

A TRADITIONAL ceremony was held in a Pill orchard to ward off evil spirits and ensure the health of its apple trees.

Wassail in the Orchard was held on Watchhouse Hill on Saturday to perform the ancient tradition of wassailing.

A candlelit procession with the wassail king and queen set off under The Arches to the orchard where toast soaked in cider was placed in the branches of the apple trees.

The Pill Morris Dancers and Pill Whalers singing group performed at the event, which was organised by the Friends of Watchhouse Hill and was attended by residents young and old.