One of North Devon’s truly unique customs returns this bank holiday weekend as Combe Martin sets off on the Hunting of the Earl of Rone for the 40th time.
From Friday through to Monday evening there will be parades through the village as colourfully dressed dancers, drummers and characters such as the Hobby Horse, Fool and Grenadiers hunt for the elusive ‘earl’.
The custom is believed to have its roots in the depths of history and was banned in 1837 but revived 40 years ago.
There is a 40th Anniversary Ceilidh/Barn Dance in the Village Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm.
There will be some traffic disruption during the parades, which are on Friday at 7pm (Dolphin to Castle pubs), the children’s procession at 11am on Saturday, Sunday 1.30pm (Dolphin to Castle) and Monday 5.45pm, from the top of the village to the seaside, where the earl is finally captured and cast into the sea.
Find out more at www.earl-of-rone.org.uk .