Wassailing the day away as tradition is celebrated in Congresbury

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 January 2017

Green Man Brian Kemplay leads the ceremony with Charlotte Nowser and Iris Lowman.

Green Man Brian Kemplay leads the ceremony with Charlotte Nowser and Iris Lowman.

(C)2016 Jeremy Long / JCLPhotography, all rights reserved

People in Congresbury grabbed their pots and pans to banish evil spirits at this year’s ever-popular wassailing ceremony.

Wassailing is a popular Somerset tradition, which is said to bless apple trees in the hope they will produce an excellent harvest for cider-making.

Congresbury’s ceremony was held at the Millennium Green on Saturday afternoon, and saw the Wassail queen place cider-soaked toast on the apple tree to encourage a good crop of apples.

Villagers then made loud noises using pots and pans to ward off any evil spirits from within the orchard and to awaken the cider trees for a successful harvest.

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