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