Burnham-On-Sea crowds flock to Rich's Cider Farm wassailing
numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies
near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (January 20th).
but dry weather boosted attendance at the popular event at Rich's
Cider in Watchfield, pictured here.
line with tradition, a piece of cider-drenched burnt toast was placed
in an apple tree by the Wassailing Queen, supposedly to attract
robins who symbolise the good spirits of the orchard, and shotguns
were fired to ward off bad spirits.
Scott from Rich's Cider in Watchfield told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
had a record 10th Richs Cider wassail yesterday and thank
goodness the weather stayed dry."
Skimmity Hitchers returned to play in front of a packed marquee
audience, along with Bob Darch music. This year's charities were
Burnham RNLI and The Bristol Kidney Patient Association."
wassail is celebrated each year around 'Old Twelvey Night' as it
would have been before the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar
RNLI ran the bar while Bob Nicholson oversaw the orchard ceremony
with Evie Collings taking the role of wassail queen.
Rotary Club were on hand to help marshall and fundraise at the popular