NEARLY 80 people danced and chanted in an effort to chase away evil spirits.
Stamford Community Orchard Group held its first wassailing on Saturday and between 70 and 80 people braved cold weather to attend the event at the orchard in Christ Church Close.
The pagan event of wassailing involves singing and chanting to drive evil spirits away and hanging toast on the tree branches to protect the birds.
Woven Chords choir sang and Jollydale Cyder and the Stamford Juice Company provided drinks.
Chairman of the group Max Winslow said: “It was quite a lively event but very well attended and I think everyone enjoyed it.
“We will definitely look at doing it again.”
Mr Winslow is also appealing for information after 18 wooden tree stakes were stolen from the orchard between midday on Friday last week and 2pm on Saturday. The stakes are 7ft tall and are worth about £50 in total.
Mr Winslow said: “It’s not the money, it’s just a nuisance.”