Traditional wassailing ceremonies held in Burnham area
numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing
ceremonies in the Burnham-On-Sea area last night (Saturday).
cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at two events in
Brent Knoll and Watchfield.
The wassail is celebrated each year on 'Old Twelvey Night' as
it would have been before the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar
In line with tradition, a piece of burnt toast was placed on
the tree, as pictured above, supposedly to attract robins who
symbolise the good spirits of the orchard.
Rich from Rich's Cider in Watchfield, pictured above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We had a record turnout with well over 450 tickets sold.
Our event was raising funds for the RNLI and we hope to have raised
a good sum."
Kadie Wall, 10, was the centre of attention at the traditional
orchard wassailing ceremony where her chair was carried by Rusell
Salway, Bernard Rains, Ash Edwards and Colin Durston. The crowds
enjoyed music from The Skimmity Hitchers and Bob Darch Music.
in Brent Knoll, Westcroft Cider Farm attracted over 450 spectators
for its event where local music acts The Riverbrew and Daft Folk
entertained the crowds alongside belly dancers, Cheddar Male Voice
Choir and Brent Knoll School.
followed a traditional orchard ceremony with torch bearers and
shotguns being fired and burnt toast placed in the trees.
centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing sees good health
wished on apple crops for the coming year.
John Harris said: "I'm delighted with how the event went
- we had 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."
of Ceremonies John Page at the Brent Knoll event
getting into the spirit of the event with colourful costumes
galore entertained the crowds through the evening