Residents celebrate at cider farm

PUBLISHED: 13:20 19 January 2012

Wassialing event at Rich's Cider Farm, Watchfield, near Highbridge.

Wassialing event at Rich's Cider Farm, Watchfield, near Highbridge.

George Scott

MORE than 350 people showed up to the wassailing event in Watchfield, near Highbridge, to celebrate the ancient tradition.

The event was held at Rich’s Cider Farm and included a night of music, by the Mangled Wurzels and Bob Darch as well as plenty of mulled cider.

Crowds of people turned up for the wassail ritual of putting burnt bread into the farm’s apple trees and firing guns into the night sky.

The money which was raised on the night is still being counted but so far the event has pulled in more than £4,000 for local charities with Burnham’s Rotary Club.

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