Saturday 6th January 2018
Got the train to Leominster then a taxi from there to Dilwyn where I attended the Leominster Morris Wassail in the evening.
Wassail January 2018
On the train on the way there I read Country Life, which seemed fitting for a jaunt out into the country.
...and there was an article about bespoke suits. "You probably won't want to wear a tweed suit in the City (except on a Friday, when it's acceptable if heading off to your country estate for the weekend)".
On arrival in Leominster, the closest train station to Dilwyn, a town not wholly devoid of charm.
My home for the night, Peel Cottage in Dilwyn.
The Crown Inn, the meeting place for the Wassail later, was conveniently just across the road.
It was hard to imagine there would be hundreds of people descending on sleepy Dilwyn later this evening!
Inside the cottage where I was staying. Christmas decoration still up (I think this is legitimate, it being twelfth night).
...after relaxing in the cottage for a bit I went back outside again and suddenly the throngs had arrived!
I thought I would try and get some portraits of the Leominster Morris Men.
More Morris Men.
Another portrait which came out reasonably well, the lighting was a bit challenging.
Lighting the torches.
The extra light helped a bit with the photos!
Quite a sight to behold all the attendees with their flaming torches.
Morris Men with their torches.
Was this chap posibly the squire?
He was telling us a bit about the order of events for the evening.
The side's apprentice.
I think the crowd was heading off to the orchard at this point.
Headed to the orchard. Impressive to look down this country lane and see the line of flaming torches.
Tried to get myself in a photo, didn't really come out.
In the orchard now.
I forget the significance of this big flaming torch, possibly a local tradition.
Lighting the bonfires which surrounded the orchard.
Getting quite smokey now!
The Morris Men performing.
Strange colours in this lighting.
It was a wonderfully clear night and I saw lots of stars, but of course it was hopeless trying to take a photo.
Maybe can see a few stars here?
Back at the Crown Inn where the Morris Men performed a Mummers Play.
...and then some dancing outside the pub.
Later on inside the Crown Inn where there was yet more music.
A couple of last glimpses of Morris Men.