Wick St Lawrence wassail wards off evil spirits

PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 January 2017

Wassailing princess Lauren Burdge, aged 10, with owners masters of ceremonies Liz and Bob Parsons and Jean Hutchings
. Picture: Jeremy Long

Wassailing princess Lauren Burdge, aged 10, with owners masters of ceremonies Liz and Bob Parsons and Jean Hutchings . Picture: Jeremy Long

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The first wassail was held in Wick St Lawrence, which attracted people from all over the village to witness the blessing of the orchard.

Wassailing princess Lauren Burdge, aged 10, with owners masters of ceremonies Liz and Bob Parsons and Jean Hutchings
. Picture: Jeremy LongWassailing princess Lauren Burdge, aged 10, with owners masters of ceremonies Liz and Bob Parsons and Jean Hutchings . Picture: Jeremy Long

Icelton Farm, in Wick Road, hosted the event, and tickets sold out ahead of the traditional Somerset celebration.

Wassailing celebrations are held to ward off evil spirits and try to ensure a good apple harvest.

Both adults and children attended the wassail, which involved the orchard being blessed in the hope the apple trees will produce a good harvest in the year to come.

Elizabeth Glen sang a rendition of Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, while Lauren Burdge was chosen as the event’s wassail queen.

The Icelton Morris Men provided entertainment throughout the evening while visitors enjoyed mulled cider, soup and hotdogs.

The celebrations also raised money for good causes, including St Lawrence Church and the charities it supports.


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