photos: 400 attend Brent Knoll's wassailing ceremony despite rain
rain failed to dampen spirits when over 400 people took part in
a centuries-old wassailing ceremony in Brent Knoll last night
(Saturday, January 18th).
Cider Farm hosted the popular ceremony in which the village's
Wassailing Queen was carried shoulder-high through the crowds
on a specially-made chair.
placed pieces of cider-soaked toast in the trees to ward off evil
spirits before several traditional songs were sung by the audience
and shotguns were fired.
evening, led by master of ceremonies John Page, also included
entertainment from Skimmity Hitchers, Fallen Apples and a team
of bellydancers with funds raised going to cancer support charity
John Harris from Westcroft Cider Farm told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We had a great turnout of over 400 people despite the wet
weather and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves."
Page added: "After cancelling last year's event due to wintry
weather, it was great to see the tradition returning again tonight
and being so well supported. It was a super evening."
audience joined in the singing of the wassailing songs
and wellies were out in force during what was a wet evening
of ceremonies John Page led the wassailing festivities
was ceremonially doused around the tree before the toast was also
shotguns were fired at the end of Saturday's ceremony in Brent
band The Skimmity Hitchers enjoying some liquid refreshment!
sales at the event were healthy despite the wet weather