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Wassailing ritual takes place in Stamford




Stamford Community Orchard Project wassailing 2018. By Lee Hellwing.
Stamford Community Orchard Project wassailing 2018. By Lee Hellwing.

Residents came together to take part in a noisy Medieval ritual which is carried out to encourage a good apple harvest.

The Apple Orchard Wassailing on Saturday saw around 120 people form a large circle around the largest tree in the orchard in Christ Church Close in Stamford and bang pots and pans to scare away evil spirits.

Stamford Community Orchard Project wassailing 2018. By Lee Hellwing.
Stamford Community Orchard Project wassailing 2018. By Lee Hellwing.

They also hung pieces of toast on the orchard trees for robins who according to the tradition represent the good spirits.


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