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Village near Stone prepares to see in the New Year Saxon-style

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: December 31, 2013

By Kerry Ashdown

Village near Stone prepares to see in the New Year Saxon-style

WASSAIL! Organiser Tim Cockin. Picture by Nick Hands

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A VILLAGE near Stone will see out 2013 tonight with a look back to its Anglo Saxon roots.

Wassails were a popular way to celebrate the coming of the new year in centuries past, but in Barlaston the custom has been resurrected for the 21st century.

Families are invited to join in the fun tonight, starting with a children’s wassail from the canal bridge near the Plume of Feathers Inn at 5.30pm.

From 9.30pm the main walk around the village sets off from Orchard Place shops. It will conclude with a torchlit procession including 12 Anglo Saxon-themed banners, one for every month of the year. The 11.45pm finale will be held outside the Duke of York Inn, with Auld Lang Syne sung to herald the arrival of 2014.

Entry costs £3, including a raffle ticket, and funds are being raised in aid of the Staffordshire branch of Riding for the Disabled.

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