Children plan to ward off spirits

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

CHILDREN from a North Somerset village will take part in a traditional celebration on Thursday.

CHILDREN from a North Somerset village will take part in a traditional celebration on Thursday.

Sandford Primary School pupils will be joining the Mendip Morris Men to take part in the annual Wassail ceremony at Thatchers cider company in Station Road.

Wassail traditions date back to early Pagan times, when rural communities would perform ceremonies in January to encourage a healthy apple harvest later that year. The traditions, which will be re-enacted by the children, include the crowning of a Wassail king and queen, a procession led by the Green Man, hanging toast in the apple trees to attract the good spirits, and banging pots and pans to ward off the evil spirits.

Pupils have been busy all week producing their own pictures to bring along to tomorrow's event.

Thatchers will also be donating an apple tree for them to plant in the school grounds.

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