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Pilton funeral for cider maker Frank Naish, 89

By ruth_ovens_1  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

Pilton funeral for cider maker Frank Naish, 89

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CIDER maker Frank Naish's funeral took place earlier today at Pilton Church.

Mr Naish, 89,believed to be Britain's oldest cider maker, helped his father from a young age make cider from apples grown at Piltown Farm, East Pennard.

He died at the farm on November 29.

Mr Naish was the oldest cider maker in Britain, producing the golden nectar for more than 80 years, first with his father, and then with his late brother Harold. For the past few years he has been assisted by Paul Chant.

The orchards have never known chemical fertilizers or pest-killers, and the farmhouse was lit by the kindly glow of candles and oil lamps until they finally decided to have electricity installed in 2003.

They bought a television, but hardly ever watched it.

The farm has the oldest cider press in the county. It is believed to date from around 1840, and at 89, Mr Naish was the oldest cider maker in the country.

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