All set for a fine harvest

Saturday 22nd January 2022 7:00 am
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Wassail Queen Clio O’Sullivan with the Kings Pond Shantymen PHOTO: M STUTTARD (Matthew Stuttard )

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APPLES should be in abundance at Chawton House this year after a successful Wassail celebration on Saturday night.

Participants toasted its apple trees and then shouted away evil spirits to have a good harvest.

Clio O’Sullivan, from Chawton House, said: “The Kings Pond Shantymen sang traditional Wassail songs and the procession was led by myself in the guise of Wassail Queen.”

Her duties also included blessing the oldest apple tree in Chawton House’s orchard.

She added: “It’s a weird and wonderful tradition dating back to the medieval period.”

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