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Driving evil from Stamford Community Orchard at wassail

Wassail queen Robina Hill at Stamford Community Orchard Group's annual wassailing event. Photo: John Uttley

Wassail queen Robina Hill at Stamford Community Orchard Group's annual wassailing event. Photo: John Uttley

An orchard trembled with the crashes of drums and the bellow of horns as an ancient tradition was awakened.

About 50 people braved a cold evening at Stamford Community Orchard in Christ Church Close on Saturday for the annual wassail.

During a ceremony designed to drive away evil spirits, wassail queen Robina Hill, pictured above, poured spice and mulled cider around the roots of an apple tree.

Stamford’s Woven Chords choir sand the wassail song and the crowd was encouraged to make as much racket as possible with drums, horns and their voices.

And Jollydale Cyder, also based in Stamford, provided refreshments.

A second wassail was hosted by Anglian Water at the Jubilee Orchard in Barnsdale, which was planted by the Stamford group last winter. Above photo by John Uttley.

 

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