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Friday 31 December 2004 12.23pm
Just hearing on the Robert Elms Show on radio London about the wassailing event on the Thames and also the George Inn in Borough High Street. The woman talking expects up to 500 people on the Thames to see a play by The Lions Part. Apparently a green man emerges from the river. Wow It's on Monday at 2pm outside the Globe.

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Friday 31 December 2004 1.14pm
If you'd read December's issue of in SE1 or Wednesday's New Year issue of SE1 Direct then you'd have known about it already :-)

Monday 3 January
2.15pm on Bankside by Shakespeare's Globe
A celebration of the New Year mixing ancient seasonal
customs with contemporary festivity. To herald the
celebration the extraordinary Holly Man decked in
fantastic green garb and evergreen foliage appears from
the Thames. With the crowd, led by the Bankside
Mummers, the Holly Man will 'bring in the green' and
'wassail' or toast the people and the River Thames (an
old tradition encouraging good growth). The Globe will
be wassailed in like fashion. The Mummers will then
process to the Bankside Jetty, and perform the
traditional 'freestyle' folk combat play of St. George.
Cakes distributed at the end of the play have a bean
and a pea hidden in two of them. Those who find them
are hailed King and Queen for the day and crowned with
ceremony. They then lead the people through the streets
to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a
fine warming up with storytelling, the kissing wishing
tree and more dancing.

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Friday 31 December 2004 1.18pm
Also - some pictures of the 2003 event:

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Friday 31 December 2004 2.15pm
I bet they don't wassail the electric treeeee.

[Sounds good. Reckon we'll go. Anyone else?]
Sunday 2 January 2005 5.35pm
Mr P & I will be going. Anyone want to meet for a mulled cider first?
Sunday 2 January 2005 6.10pm
Me! Do you have a location or time in mind? Is there somewhere (other than the man in the market) that does mulled cider, or shall we bring goodies in thermos flasks and sit out by the river? The weather sounds like it might be good enough.
Sunday 2 January 2005 7.45pm
Meeting up at The Anchor Inn on Bankside at 1.30. Will bring thermos of mulled cider to keep us going, but if we meet there we can have a pint as well. Mr & Mrs Ivanhoe have plans for the morning so will either see us there or at the Globe at 2.15.

Wassail !

(edited to add: If anyone else fancies coming, that's where we'll be!)

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Sunday 2 January 2005 9.57pm
Sounds great - will see you there. Anyone else welcome too.
Monday 3 January 2005 4.34pm
Just back from the George (after the Globe). Had a great time, but didn't see any of the rest of you.

Monday 3 January 2005 6.42pm

How very strange. We were at the Globe and the George too, and looked out for you but came to the (now seen to be erroneous) conclusion that you hadn't come. You probably concluded the same about us.

We will have to share a wassail and a mulled cider on another occasion. At least we now have a recipe for 'Wassail Bowl' (replacing ale with cider, I assume), and some wassailing verses from the program - this verse could not be more fitting:

"Wassail to all you sailors upon the River Thames
The apple and the Oak and all close and absent friends
The Globe upon the Bankside, the Borough kith and kin,
and the best to us poor mummers that bring the Wassail in!"
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