Wassailing at Daventry Country Park

Daventry Country Park Wassail with the Adderbury Mummers. Pictured, King George kills the Turk, again. NNL-150401-112802009
Daventry Country Park Wassail with the Adderbury Mummers. Pictured, King George kills the Turk, again. NNL-150401-112802009
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There was plenty of people who had a good time at the annual wassailing event held at Daventry Country Park at the weekend.

Around 30 people braved the wet weather for the event on Saturday, which was organised by the park’s countryside rangers.

They were supported by the Friends of Daventry Country Park and Daventry District Council to put on the Wassail, which dates back to pagan times.

The Adderbury Mummers attended the event and put on the Mummers’ Play.

Then people banged pots and pans to ‘awaken’ the trees during a musical procession to the apple trees.

Toast was hung on the trees and the traditional wassail song was sung.

Afterwards, people went back to the visitors centre for mulled apple juice, apple pies and more singing as they welcomed the new year in style.

The council’s community, culture and leisure portfolio holder Cllr Alan Hills said: “It is pleasing that people came out to support the wassailing once again, in spite of the wet weather.

“It is certainly one of the more unusual events on the country park’s calendar, but it really is a fantastic tradition and great fun for the whole family to enjoy.”