Hundreds take part in vibrant Wassail ceremony

Hundreds of people from all over the country visited Pevensey at the weekend for the ancient Pagan Wassail ritual, organised by Pentacle Drummers.

Monday, 21st January 2019, 11:15 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 6:33 pm
Crowds turned out to enjoy the celebrations.

There was a torchlight procession and ceremony to wake the apple trees at the event outside the Royal Oak pub - with more than £700 raised for the Children With Cancer Fund Polegate.

The ancient pagan ritual is meant to encourage a good harvest from fruit trees and bring on the spring - photo by Stuart Mole.
The term 'wassail' comes from the Old Norse 'ves heill' which means be healthy. It was probably introduced by the Danes.Photo by Stuart Mole.
The Wassail is in its 7th year. Photo by Stuart Mole.
Revellers enjoying the spectacle. Photo by Stuart Mole
Pentacle drummer Greg Draven putting on a show - photo by Stuart Mole
Photo by Stuart Mole.
Photo by Stuart Mole
The torchlight procession - photo by Stuart Mole
Dancers putting on a show - photo Stuart Mole
Wassail 2019 - photo by Stuart Mole
Photo by Stuart Mole
Photo by Stuart Mole
Pentactle drummers has thanked Eastbourne Bonfire Society, Seaford Bonfire Society, Southover Bonfire society, Black Swan Morris, Black Powder Morris, Smoke and Mirrors, The Royal Oak, and Castle English Heritage, and their fans.