The Railway Inn hosted its first Village Wassail this week.
The Wassail is a traditional ceremony that sees apple trees blessed with cider, and awoken from their winter slumber. By creating as much noise as possible, Wassailers ward away the “evil spirits” from the orchards, all to ensure a fantastic apple harvest – and cider – the coming year.
The Railway’s Village Wassail started with a procession and ceremony led by the Green Man, Wassail Queen Olivia Damerell, and the Mendip Morrismen, and concluded with a Wassail supper at the Railway Inn, with plenty of mulled cider to keep warm.
Martin Thatcher joined the Wassailers. He says, “The Wassail ceremony is a true Somerset tradition and we were very pleased to welcome all our guests to the Railway Inn’s first Wassail.”