Hutton hosts wassail celebrations

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 January 2018

Hutton Wassail at the village hall, folk dancers from Hutton Primary School with Green Man Alan Puttnam.

Hutton Wassail at the village hall, folk dancers from Hutton Primary School with Green Man Alan Puttnam.

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Dozens of villagers braved chilly weather to chase away evil spirits in Hutton at the weekend.

Hutton’s traditional wassail saw families make their way to various locations around the village.

At each stop pots, pans and sticks were banged together to scare off any spirits which could harm the year’s apple crop.

Cider was drunk and toast hung from trees as part of the tradition which dates back hundreds of years to the Middle Ages.

Many people taking part also dressed up for the occasion by wearing ceremonial wassailing outfits.

To warm themselves up after a long night outdoors, wassailers gathered in the village hall in Main Road for a night of music and barn dancing.

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