Wassailing season begins in style in Congresbury
PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 January 2018
Congresbury residents took part in an ancient tradition this week, which involved blessing trees, with the hope of prompting a successful season for cider-making.
Villagers flocked to the Millennium Green to take part in the village’s annual wassail on Saturday.
The celebration, which originates from a Pagan ritual dating back centuries, drew a large crowd including many children who enjoyed making as much noise as possible with their pots, pans and wooden spoons.
Revellers hope the racket, followed by bizarre traditions, banished evil spirits from the green and woke the apple trees from their slumber.
Cider-soaked toast was adorned on the trees’ branches to encourage a fruitful crop of apples in 2018.
Villagers later took part in traditional cider-infused songs and children posed for pictures with the Green Man, Brian Kemplay, who led the proceedings with old rhymes.