PUPILS from Bisley Blue Coat Church of England Primary School took part in dressing their village wells with flowers on Thursday to celebrate Ascension Day.

As the villagers gave thanks for the village’s clean water, there was water in abundance, with a heavy downpour throughout the traditional ceremony.

A procession headed through the streets to the ancient waterhead in Wells Road.

Pupils wearing replica uniforms - known to have been worn by children at Bisley Blue Coat during the early 1900s - got particularly wet in the downpour, but there was a cheerful atmosphere throughout despite this.

This year was the 158th year the ceremony has place.

The tradition was started in the village in 1863 by Rev Thomas Keble, Bisley’s vicar for almost 50 years, to give thanks for the village’s clean water.

Since then the school has continued to hold the Ascension Day celebration with the help of parents and grandparents, who create the striking floral arrangements carried by the children.