Wassail night for apple fans
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.”