Aegir cyclists take part in wassail event

Gainsborough Aegir cycling Club members (L) Paul Reynolds (R) Colin Smith took part in the Wassail event placing toast dipped in cider on the apple trees''Picture by Trevor Halstead
Gainsborough Aegir cycling Club members (L) Paul Reynolds (R) Colin Smith took part in the Wassail event placing toast dipped in cider on the apple trees''Picture by Trevor Halstead

GAINSBOROUGH Aegir Cycling Club members were among many people who travelled from all over the Gainsborough area to take part in a wassail event, a pagan ritual that dates back to many years BC.

The event took place on Sunday at the Cider Tavern on the banks of the River Ancholme at Brandy Wharf, a settlement to the east of Gainsborough.

Left to right Gainsborough Aegir's Wassail riders Loll Dickenson, Paul Reynolds, Daniel Nicholson and Pete Hanks, front Colin Smith and Trevor Halstead

Left to right Gainsborough Aegir's Wassail riders Loll Dickenson, Paul Reynolds, Daniel Nicholson and Pete Hanks, front Colin Smith and Trevor Halstead

The Master of Ceremonies was Sir Tom of Tweed. “The Butler” drums, blows the horns and makes lots of noise to praise Pomona, the Goddess of Apples, and to ward off evil spirits, enabling the orchard to produce a good crop of apples.

Toast dipped in cider is placed on the apple trees for the Robin, who is guardian of the orchard.