Come along and watch Combe Martin’s unique custom from this Friday and every day throughout the bank holiday weekend

Children and adults at the final weekend practice in the Castle Inn, Combe Martin, before the Earl of Rone starts this weekend.Children and adults at the final weekend practice in the Castle Inn, Combe Martin, before the Earl of Rone starts this weekend.

Combe Martin will be staging its unique custom of The Hunting of the Earl of Rone this bank holiday weekend.

Starting tonight (Friday) the festivities see the start of four days of processions featuring a host of colourful characters parading about the village as they seek the elusive earl.

The gaily-clad Hobby Horse, Fool and ‘grenadiers’ will assemble at the top of the village at 7pm for their first foray and finish at The Castle Inn.

On Saturday, children hold their own parade, leaving the school at 11am.

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2016Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2016

On Sunday, the hunt takes to the highways and byways as every corner is scoured for that pesky earl.

On Monday evening, hundreds gather for a final major parade from the top of the village at 5.45pm, leading the captured earl on a donkey, pausing regularly to ‘shoot’ him before he is cast into the sea at sunset amid a frenzy of drumming.

Road closures will be in place during parade times.

For more information, visit www.earl-of-rone.org.uk

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2016Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2016

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2016Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2016

Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2015Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2015