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Core tradition returns to Herefordshire
ONE of Herefordshire's strangest customs will return to an orchard near Hereford this evening (Thursday).
Families and cider drinkers have been invited to join a wassail in Tillington.
The ceremony dates to Pagan times and involves greeting an apple tree on the twelfth night to promote a good harvest.
Participants often sprinkle cider around a tree, hang toast from its branches and light fires nearby to ward-off evil spirits.
The Tillington ceremony starts with a torchlit procession from the Bell Inn at 7pm and has been organised by the Leominster Morris.
The group holds wassails in a different orchard each year, with hundreds attending previous events in Dilwyn and Weobley.