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Friday, 6 January 2012

Wassailing at the Museum

3pm on Saturday 14th January 2012
Lyme Regis Museum’s annual celebration of Old Twelfth Night takes place on Saturday January 14, invoking the West Country custom of wassailing the apple trees to ensure a good crop. It will begin at 3pm with mulled cider or apple juice being served in the Museum. Outside, Uplyme Morris Men will perform their dances, including a new addition to the repertoire dedicated to the apple tree. Children are invited to take part in the ceremony of The Toast, and Adrian Pearson will lead the singing of the wassail song (song sheets provided).

Then comes the premiere of Mummer’s the Word!, Harry Ford’s witty revival of an ancient winter play with the comforting message that out of darkness comes light. With live music, grotesque masks, flaming torches and a real horse the mummers will perform then promenade along Coombe Street to George’s Square, with further scenes en route, finishing at St Michael’s Church with mulled ale.

Everyone is invited to wrap up warm and follow them through the streets of Lyme. Everything is free!

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