Wassailing ceremony wards off evil spirits

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 January 2016

Bella Smith 6 the Wassailing Queen making lots of noise with pots and pans to scare of evil spirits and hanging toast in the apple trees along with pouring cider at the base of trees

Bella Smith 6 the Wassailing Queen making lots of noise with pots and pans to scare of evil spirits and hanging toast in the apple trees along with pouring cider at the base of trees

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

A good apple harvest is promised in Winscombe, after the trees were blessed in a traditional Somerset ceremony.

Bella Smith 6 the Wassailing Queen making lots of noise with pots and pans to scare of evil spirits and hanging toast in the apple trees along with pouring cider at the base of treesBella Smith 6 the Wassailing Queen making lots of noise with pots and pans to scare of evil spirits and hanging toast in the apple trees along with pouring cider at the base of trees

A wassail was held in the village’s community orchard, where people were invited to chant incantations to promote a good harvest in 2016 .

People also banged pots and pans and hung toast on the branches.

The ancient custom aims to scare away evil spirits.

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