An ancient tradition revived when the city’s Christmas lights come on

Redruth Wassail braved his traditional city pub crawl despite high wind and rain from Storm Arwen

Despite very strong winds and persistent rain from Storm Arwen, knocking down trees, causing power cuts and creating travel chaos through Cornwall, a town was filled with music and color thanks to the revival of a ancient tradition.

Redruth Wassail was first resurrected in a generation in 2015 by the Cornish Culture Association, having been performed in the city for more than a century previously.

Held on the last Saturday in November of each year since then, the custom, which stems from the blessing of apple trees in orchards, now coincides with the lighting of Redruth’s Christmas lights, due to its popularity.

The tradition of the Redruth Wassail was to tour the properties as the wassailers saw fit, carrying a bowl full of specially concocted spiced beer which they ceremoniously offered to the master of the house.

The resurrected wassail is led by a procession of musicians and singers who stop at several places in the city, most notably under the city clock where the bowl is presented to the mayor of Redruth, and a number of pubs, where it is offered to owners and landladies.