photos: Record turnout for wassailing ceremonies in Burnham area
numbers of spectators turned out to watch traditional wassailing
ceremonies across the Burnham-On-Sea area last night (Saturday).
cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at three events in
Brent Knoll, Watchfield and
Rich from Rich's Cider in Watchfield told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We had a record turnout with over 400 tickets sold. Our
event was raising funds for the Stroke Association after a good
family friend, Ken Jones, recently suffered a stroke and inspired
my son, George, to help them."
Kadie Wall, 9, was the centre of attention, pictured right,
at the traditional orchard wassailing ceremony. It raised over
in Brent Knoll, Westcroft Cider Farm attracted over 450 spectators
for its wassailing where local music acts Laser Horse and Dry
White Bones entertained the crowds alongside belly dancers and
Challice Morris Men after an orchard ceremony in which shotguns
were fired and burnt toast was placed on the trees.
John Harris said: "I'm delighted with how the event went
- we had better weather than last year and a great turnout. It's
wonderful to see this Somerset tradition of marking the old 12th
night in the Gregorian calendar being maintained and, indeed,
growing each year."
Farm in Edithmead also held its wassailing ceremony, which was
also well supported again this year. The centuries-old tradition
of Somerset wassailing sees good health wished on apple crops
for the coming year.
were large crowds in Brent Knoll for the annual night-time ceremony
of Ceremonies John Page with the young lantern bearers from Brent
getting into the fun with colourful costumes at the event
galore entertained thr crowds through the evening
crowds singing the wassailing song in the Brent Knoll orchard
from the Stroke Association collecting in Watchfield
musicians from Skimmity Hitchers entertained the audience
The crowds enjoyong the fun during Saturday's annual event
Rich's Cider team enjoying the fun in Watchfield
Rotary Club ran the popular bar at the Rich's Cider event
were fired during part of the wassailing ceremonies
Page and organiser John Harris with a friend during the Brent
braved chilly, wet weather to attend the event
queen, Ellie, enjoying her VIP role at the Brent Knoll ceremony
wide selection of traditional Somerset refreshments were available