A WINTRY night greeted the Waingroves Wassailers as the village enjoyed its yearly woodland festival.
More than 150 people attended the traditional event on Saturday, which saw revellers ‘wake up’ the village’s Strelley Woods using home-made musical instruments.
The ancient tradition dates back to the Middle Ages and is said to wake the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest in the autumn.
Children and adults started the day decorating lanterns at Waingroves Community Centre in time for a procession into the woods.
Later, festival-goers paraded along Pit Lane to Waingroves Wood blowing trumpets and singing the Wassailing song.
Waingroves Community Association chairman John Stamp said: “It was a super family event. The lanterns were on big sticks and you could see this fantastic procession all along Pit Lane.”