Was­sail night for ap­ple fans

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

AN ap­ple orchard held a tra­di­tional was­sail fes­ti­val. The Ran­dom Ap­ple Com­pany, based at Shrigley Fold, Swanscoe, hosted the event to thank those in­volved in the ap­ple sea­son.

Was­sail­ing is a pa­gan cer­e­mony which blesses the ap­ple trees ahead of the next sea­son. There were per­for­mances from Adling­ton Mor­ris Men and mem­bers of Bolling­ton Folk Club ahead of a bon­fire and pic­nic.

Sarah Simp­son, from The Ran­dom Ap­ple Com­pany, said: “It went fan­tas­ti­cally well. De­spite the rather mis­er­able weather we had over 70 guests turn out in their wellies, best coun­try at­tire, head dresses and cos­tume.

“Ev­ery­one took part, singing and wav­ing sparklers be­fore the grand fi­nale of mak­ing as much noise as pos­si­ble, shout­ing and bang­ing pots and pans to scare away the bad spir­its.

“The event was held as a thank you to ev­ery­one that got in­volved in 2015; bring­ing us home­grown ap­ples to press in ex­change for juice, spend­ing the day help­ing to press, or just not want­ing their ap­ples to go to waste so let­ting us pick them.”

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