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Did Formby residents ever celebrate a January Wassail?

Posted Tuesday 9 January 9.30 am

According to my copy of 'The Almanac: A seasonal guide to 2018' by Lia Leendertz it is the season of the Wassail.

Wassail 2The tradition of wassailing falls into two distinct categories: the house-visiting wassail and the orchard-visiting wassail.

Apparently, January offers two festivities that celebrate trees.

Wassailing - pieces of cider-soaked toast are hung on the branches of apple trees and wassail songs sung.

Tu BiShvat - a Jewish holiday, this marks 'The New Year of the Trees' and is day of mass tree-planting in Israel.

So in accord with these traditions I offer you this traditional Wassail song from Wikipedia and sung by The U.S. Army Band.

I'd love to know whether there was ever a local tradition here in Formby that marked the month of January in this way. Does anybody know?