Damson Wassailing.

Crook Morris from Kendal, Cumbria, wassail their tree in the damson orchard each January.

Banging drums and shouting to drive away any lingering evil spirits, everyone processed up to the tree. Traditional wassail songs from around the country were sung, before warm damson beer and cake were passed around. Finally, the beer was poured on the tree to "libate the roots", toasted bread hung from it's branches, and hopefully all will bring a better harvest.