January 25, 2018
Photos: Brent Knoll's Westcroft Cider Farm holds wassailing ceremony

Brent Knoll's Westcroft Cider Farm attracted hundreds of spectators for its traditional wassailing event at the weekend.

Local music acts Six Machine and Daft Folk entertained the crowds alongside belly dancers, The Mummers, Nat Topping and Brent Knoll School.

A Flaming Torch Lit Procession hailed the start of the event, led by Master of Ceremonies John Page.

A traditional orchard ceremony with music and gun shots followed and a burnt toast was placed in the tree, as tradition requests.

The centuries-old Somerset wassailing ceremonies see good health wished on apple crops for the coming year.

Organiser John Harris said: "I'm delighted with how the event went - we had a superb turnout."

"It's wonderful to see this Somerset tradition of marking the old 12th night in the Gregorian calendar being maintained and growing each year."

The wassail is celebrated each year around 'Old Twelvey Night' as it would have been before the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar in 1752.

Pictured: Saturday's wassailing in Brent Knoll (photos Zoe Morgan)


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