Wassail helps to ward off evil spirits

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 January 2012

Wassailing at Des Phippen Park, Orchard, Hutton.

Wassailing at Des Phippen Park, Orchard, Hutton.

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VILLAGERS in Hutton will hope their orchards enjoy a productive 2012 after a barnstorming evening of wassailing.

The traditional event, held to bless the trees and ward off evil spirits over the coming year, kicked off at the orchard at Wood View in Moor Croft Road on Saturday.

Hutton Primary School pupils did some country dancing, before the traditional rites were performed.

Newly-planted apple trees were also blessed in the recently-opened Phippen Park and at Walnut Barn, before the evening concluded with a ceilidh in the village hall.

All proceeds for the event have gone to the Hutton and Dabasso Twinning Association, which provides education and welfare facilities in the Kenyan village of Dabasso.

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