Picture gallery: Pentacle Drummers’ third wassail

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For the third year in a row, the Pentacle Drummers held their annual wassail at Stone Cross Nurseries to great success.

Hundreds of fans of the group filled the venue and braved the cold and the wet weather to enjoy a night of drums, dancing, live music and celebration while also helping raise money for local charity East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service.

A torchlit celebration was held outside at the nurseries to help bring about a healthy crop of apples, and to ward off evil spirits that may be lurking in the trees.

Wassailing is a traditional celebration, with its roots going back to before the Norman Conquest of 1066. The word Wassail (Waes hael) means “Be Healthy”, and the reply is “Drinc hael” which means “Drink Healthy”

The Pentacle Drummers are bring the traditional celebration into the 21st Century, the way only they can.

Drummer Greg Draven said, “Even though the rain came, without a doubt this was our greatest wassail. We would like to thank our fans for coming along and helping make the night as magnificent as it was.”

Their next big event is the Summer Solstice Festival on June 20th 2015.

You can find out more about the Pentacle Drummers on FaceBook or at visit their website at www.pentacledrummers.co.uk