Trumpington Community Orchard hosts traditional wassail

PUBLISHED: 16:30 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 01:02 20 January 2018

Trumpington Community Orchard held its 10th annual wassail led by the Lord of Misrule (aka Nigel Pennick dressed in his rags and tatters) who came along with a large group of folk musicians.

Trumpington Community Orchard held its 10th annual wassail led by the Lord of Misrule (aka Nigel Pennick dressed in his rags and tatters) who came along with a large group of folk musicians.

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Tradition dates back hundreds of years

Trumpington Community Orchard's wassailTrumpington Community Orchard's wassail

It’s an English tradition that dates back hundreds of years and is intended to promote a good harvest in the coming years.

So there could be some good apples at Trumpington Community Orchard this year, after it held its 10th annual wassail on Sunday.

Susanna Colaco said: “We had a fantastic day starting with a green woodworking demonstration led by Jim McVittie followed by a rousing wassail led by the Lord of Misrule – aka Nigel Pennick dressed in his rags and tatters – who came along with a large group of folk musicians to assist in singing and dancing in a traditional wassail.”

The traditional purpose of wassailing is to awake cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits, ensuring the autumn fruit harvest is a good one.

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