Singing to wake up the woods!

Wassailing
Wassailing

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.

Wassailing

Wassailing

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.”

NRHNBE120114d1, Waingroves Wassailing festival. Ben Barber.

NRHNBE120114d1, Waingroves Wassailing festival. Ben Barber.

NRHNBE120114d2, Waingroves Wassailing festival. Joe frogson, Arun Slaney, Megan Gillott and Hannah Slaney.

NRHNBE120114d2, Waingroves Wassailing festival. Joe frogson, Arun Slaney, Megan Gillott and Hannah Slaney.

NRHNBE120114d3, Waingroves Wassailing festival. Tilly Morris, Rob Wilson, Phoebe Wilson, Ned Morris, Maisy Morris and Matthew Morris.

NRHNBE120114d3, Waingroves Wassailing festival. Tilly Morris, Rob Wilson, Phoebe Wilson, Ned Morris, Maisy Morris and Matthew Morris.