26 Jan 2011

Gunning for Cider

THIS year the Pagan calendar’s twelfth night coincided with what psychologists and scientists called ‘Blue Monday’. Not that the crowd of 250 at Somerset’s Stewley orchard seemed concerned with mulling over dismal weather, dark nights and post-Christmas debt. Instead for them and Magner’s, recent acquirers of Shepton cider mill and this 40 acre orchard, 17 January spelled an optimistic moment of intoxication, gunshots then vigorous dancing amid hay.