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Apple wassailing in Sussex

Posted on by royvickery |

The Daily Telegraph of 7 January 2013 has a photograph with the caption: ‘A bumper crop of cider apples should be assured for villagers in Bolney, West Sussex, after the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men led the annual wassailing ritual, to drive away evil spirits and encourage growth, at Old Mill Farm orchard.’
This revival is a much older than the one at Yarlington, having started in 1967 [R. Vickery, A Dictionary of Plant-lore, 1995: 7].

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