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Wassail - three cheers for the apple tree

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Published on Feb 9, 2010

"Old apple tree we wassail thee and hope that thou shalt bear/ for the Lord doth know where we shall be come apples another year/ for to bloom well and to bear well so merry let us be/ let every man take off his hat and shout out to the old apple tree/ Three cheers for the apple tree: hip hip horray! hip hip horray! hip hip horray!" The Gladly Solemn Sound choir celebrate the Old Twelth Night wassailing tradtion. Traditionists take no notice of the modern innovation which took away 11 days from the calendar in 1752 - so they celebrate 12th night not on January 6th like the rest of the country - but on January 17th - as we are doing here by this bonfire. Earlier we supped from the wassail cup of mulled cider and enjoyed a bit of dancing too around the old oak tree.

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