Combe Martin’s unique custom The Hunting of the Earl of Rone returns to the village this bank holiday weekend (May 24-27).

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony GussinThe Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony Gussin

There is a procession every day from Friday through to Monday as costumed characters take to the streets in the search of the elusive 'earl'.

Look out for the colourful hobby horse, fool and 'grenadiers' as well as musicians and dancers.

On Friday the parade sets off form The Dolphin at the seafront at 7pm and makes its way up the village.

Saturday is children's day when schoolchildren stage their own version of the procession, setting off from the school at 11am.

The 'earl' himself at The Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony GussinThe 'earl' himself at The Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony Gussin

Sunday sees the hunting party take to the back streets, setting off from Sandaway at around 1.30pm.

The big procession is on Monday, with hundreds of people moving off from the top of the village at around 6pm, with the reluctant earl in tow.

It will make its way to the seafront where the earl (in effigy) is cast into the sea at sunset.

There is likely to be some traffic disruption during parade times.

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony GussinThe Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony Gussin

For more information about the custom, go to http://www.earl-of-rone.org.uk/ .

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony GussinThe Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2018 in Combe Martin. Picture: Tony Gussin