What a wassail

APPLE crops in Pill are expected to be good this year - thanks to the ancient tradition of wassailing. Around 200 people packed into Ham Green Orchard for the special party which saw pieces of toast soaked in cider laid in the branches of apple trees. Cid

APPLE crops in Pill are expected to be good this year - thanks to the ancient tradition of wassailing.Around 200 people packed into Ham Green Orchard for the special party which saw pieces of toast soaked in cider laid in the branches of apple trees.Cider was also sprinkled around the orchard before revellers shouted loudly to ward off evil spirits.Organiser Gerry Hunt said: "It was a fantastic evening and so successful we are planning to make it an annual event."Music during the evening was provided by the Pill Whalers and Barley Rye.Pictured are Grace Harrison, Beth Weaden and Ellie McGurk putt ing toast soaked in cider into the master tree during the wassailing ceremony at Ham Green Orchard.


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