The Wassail is a thousand year old ritual, performed by rural English communities to prompt apple growth and celebrate cider season and now it’s coming to Willesden Green. Cider season? Ancient rural rights? North West London?! Yes you read that right. On January 22, Willesden residents will take to the streets to party in honour of the providers of the urban jungle – parading downpast butchers, bakers and fish mongers singing the ancient incantations of the Wassail. The crowd will be entertained by Globe Theatre in-house story tellers, local musicians and spoken word artists before heading indoors to enjoy some locally sourced hot cider and fruit cakes. We’ve been told to expect something between a harvest procession and a flash-mob to celebrate local business and encourage neighbourly interactions. So wrap up, warm your vocal chords and get yourself to Willesden Green Station for 2.15pm. Lydia Shellien-Walker
For info, see Willesden Green Wassail 2012 listing.