photos & video: Crowds
flock to cider
of people braved icy temperatures to watch the centuries-old tradition
of Somerset wassailing near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night.
traditional ceremony at Rich's Cider Farm in Watchfield saw good
health wished on apple crops for the coming year.
Queen Molly Scott, 14, was carried aloft on a specially-made chair
to an orchard where a piece of cider-soaked toast was hung from
the trees to ward off evil spirits.
evening, organised by Burnham Rotary Club, also included entertainment
from The Mangled Wurzels with proceeds going to B.U.S.T, the Breast
Cancer Unit Support Trust.
of the organisers, Ashley Edwards, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
had a great turnout with over 130 pre-booked tickets and many
more people on the night. It's great to see this time-honoured
Somerset tradition alive and well."
Scott from Rich's Cider Farm added: "We are delighted to
have seen such a big turnout and thank everyone for supporting
the event. Over the past seven years, the wassailing has raised
almost £20,000 for charity."
piece of cider-soaked toast was hung from the trees to ward off
Three gun shots were fired during the traditional ceremony
BUST's Jenny Wookey, Jackie Pask, Jan Biagioli with Jan Scott,
Martin Rich and Bernard Raines of Burnham Rotary Club
Rotary members oversaw ticket sales at the popular event
Many pints of Somerset Cider were served up for the attendees
The event was once again with local people of all ages
The crowd enjoyed a fun evening of tradition, music and cider
Cheers! The marquee was at full capacity for the annual tradition