Wassailing takes place at Daventry Country Park

The Adderbury Mummers lead a musical procession to protect the trees from evil spirits. he Wassail dates back centuries and took place at Daventry Country Park. NNL-160401-101546009
The Adderbury Mummers lead a musical procession to protect the trees from evil spirits. he Wassail dates back centuries and took place at Daventry Country Park. NNL-160401-101546009
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The traditional act of waking up the trees at Daventry Country Park took place on Sunday.

Members of the public braved the wet weather to join performers from the Adderbury Mummers at the park for the annual wassailing event.

The Adderbury Mummers lead a musical procession to protect the trees from evil spirits. he Wassail dates back centuries and took place at Daventry Country Park. NNL-160401-101622009

The Adderbury Mummers lead a musical procession to protect the trees from evil spirits. he Wassail dates back centuries and took place at Daventry Country Park. NNL-160401-101622009

Wassailing trees dates back centuries to Anglo-Saxon times and was intended to wake up trees from their sleep after the shortest day in winter occurred.

The tradition was also intended to protect the trees from evil spirits, and encourage them to produce plenty of fruit in the coming year.

On Sunday the Mummers performed at the park’s visitor centre before they and the countryside rangers led a musical parade to the community orchard. Once there people sang to the trees to wake them up.

The Adderbury Mummers lead a musical procession to protect the trees from evil spirits. he Wassail dates back centuries and took place at Daventry Country Park. NNL-160401-101635009

The Adderbury Mummers lead a musical procession to protect the trees from evil spirits. he Wassail dates back centuries and took place at Daventry Country Park. NNL-160401-101635009