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Photo gallery: Wassail celebrates Norwich pub’s cider success

10:18 18 January 2013

Traditional Wassail night at the White Lion pub on Oak Street. Rachel Miller, left performing the ceremony with Becky Ackers from the pub.Photo: Steve Adams

Traditional Wassail night at the White Lion pub on Oak Street. Rachel Miller, left performing the ceremony with Becky Ackers from the pub.Photo: Steve Adams

A traditional Wassail celebration was held at a Norwich pub last night to celebrate its status as East Anglia Cider Pub of the Year for 2012.

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The White Lion, in Oak Street, was given the award by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) as it regularly has more than 15 real ciders and perries available from Norfolk, East Anglia and beyond.

Ben Ackers and Becky Lakeman-Turner, who run the pub, decided to celebrate their success with the Wassail event – a celebration which dates back to Anglo Saxon times.

Golden Star Morris, a mixed Cotswold-style morris dance side from Norwich, helped to provide the entertainment.

The health of a young apple tree was toasted, which will now be donated to one of The White Lion’s cider producers for planting to eventually make cider for the pub.

- The Evening News has been urging people to return to pubs in our Love your Local campaign. To see more stories from the campaign visit www.eveningnews 24.co.uk/loveyourlocal

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