Fri, 14 Oct 2016
CORE blimey! This was the scene in Newbury Market Place on Saturday as the town celebrated its fifth annual apple day.
Each year the event has grown in popularity, and this year was no exception, with hundreds of people turning up to take part.
Prior to the event, organisers asked people to bring along any unwanted apples to make good use of fruit that might otherwise have gone to waste.
This year, two hand-presses worked all day to produce fresh juice, with apples being delivered in bags and shopping trolleys from gardens and orchards in and around the town.
This year’s fruity extravaganza proved to be one of the most popular events to date, with more than half a tonne of apples being pressed.
While many locals brought their apple crops to be squeezed into juice, some of the more energetic people got stuck in by cranking the handle of the hand-press themselves.
Guests also had the chance to celebrate the fruit in a host of ways, with apple cakes and other goodies available to buy, an opportunity to taste a range of heritage varieties and find out more about the town’s own apple varieties.
Young volunteers also tested their strength on the hand-press and the scratter (a mincer that prepares the fruit for pressing) and even Newbury mayor Julian Swift-Hook got in on the action.
Children also had the opportunity to plant a tree – just a simple apple pip in a yoghurt pot of compost that, with a little care and luck, will one day grow.
The mayor and mayoress then cut a cake which was made to celebrate Newbury apple day’s fifth birthday.
Ceinwen Lally, one of the organisers of the event, said: “This year visitors came from as far afield as Iceland – but the vast majority were from much closer to Newbury.
“They all enjoyed celebrating the bounty of our local apple harvest.”