Tuesday January 22 2019

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Waking the trees with merriment

Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:15:45


Record numbers – more than 180 people – attended this year’s annual Wassail in the Lickey Hills Country Park Community Orchard.

The family entertainment started at the Visitor Centre with the Appalachian dance group Step on Board, accompanied by Bob Bignell and his fellow musicians.

In a new scheme this year, visitors each drew a lottery ticket, with a surprised Amy and Matthew being crowned Queen Pea and King Bean!

The lantern procession then walked to the Community Orchard, adorned with fairy lights, where Master of Ceremonies, Ranger Steve Hinton, made the formal greeting.

The procession marched around the fruit trees making as much noise as possible to keep away the evil spirits and later they hung cider-soaked toast on the branches to ensure a good harvest.

This year’s Mummers Play involved the usual shenanigans including a sword fight and appearances from McDonald Trumpty, Porridge Johnson, Vladimir Pudding and Dr Who. Unfortunately, the devil’s sister intervened, carrying all off to an entirely warmer place.

More merriment, singing and quenching of thirsts ensued and a great time was had by all.

Photo by Keith Woolford

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