Revellers gather at Thatchers wassail
20:00 25 January 2014
A RECORD number of revellers attended the annual wassailing ceremony at the Thatchers cider headquarters at the weekend.
About 300 people gathered at the Sandford site for the tradition, which sees cider poured around the roots of the trees in the orchard.
Guests also had a first sight of the new jubilee building, before it is fitted out as a new packaging facility.
The ancient wassail ritual dates back to Pagan times, encouraging a healthy apple harvest by warding off evil spirits and welcoming good ones.
Owner Martin Thatcher said: “We’re determined to keep the traditions of cider alive here.
“The wassail is a great opportunity to invite revellers to our orchards and share the tradition, and to say a big thank you to all our guests for their support during the year.
“A good cider is all about the apples – so while we have every confidence in the expertise of our orchard team, we like to give them a helping hand with the wassail ceremony.”
Other News Stories
SOME of the Tropicana’s windows will still be boarded over by the time it reopens in the summer – leading to questions being asked about the council’s ‘commitment’ to the project.
NEW shops, more investment and a possible expansion could all be on the cards for Weston’s Sovereign Shopping Centre, after it was bought for more than £30million.
ARMIES of Roman legionnaires and Viking warriors invaded Weston Museum for a series of fun half-term activities.
FOOD businesses are being invited to demonstrate their skills to crowds during the Weston super Food Festival.
A BURNHAM artist has created a range of new watercolour maps directing tourists around the town centre.
YOUNG people have been fundraising to help make a difference to the community in Weston this week.
WESTON Town Council has ‘welcomed’ a proposed new Post Office at the site of a former Indian restaurant.
A JOBS fair for anyone interested in following a career in caring will start on Monday.