Whimple Wassailing was restarted in 1993 under the auspices of Whimple History Society. The ritual follows the traditional well-tried and tested ceremony of our predecessors with the Mayor in his robes of office and the Princess carrying lightly toasted bread in her delicately trimmed flasket, whilst the Queen, wearing her crown of Ivy, Lichen and Mistletoe, recites the traditional verse:
Here's to thee, old apple tree,
That blooms well, bears well.
Hats full,caps full,
Three bushel bags full,
An' all under one tree.
Her Majesty is then gently but manfully assisted up the tree in order to place the cyder-soaked toast in the branches whilst the assembled throng, accompanied by a group of talented musicians, sing the Wassail Song and dance around the tree. The Mulled Cider or 'Wassail Cup' is produced and everyone takes a sample with their 'Clayen Cup'. The Guns are fired and a general rumpus is created by the crowd banging saucepan lids and playing a variety of percussion 'instruments' of all shapes and sizes to wake up the tree ready for the next crop. Bring wellies, warm waterproof clothing, a wassail-drinking vessel and something to bang!!!
6.30pm, Thursday 17 January
New Fountain Inn
Whimple EX5 2TA
For more information, email Whimple History Society at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01404 822499
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013