Earl of Rone will be hunted again at Combe Martin

THE spectacle of the Hunting of the Earl of Rone returns to Combe Martin this Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend with a series of colourful parades. The unique annual event runs begins on Friday and culminates in a grand parade on Monday evening, featuring quir

THE spectacle of the Hunting of the Earl of Rone returns to Combe Martin this Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend with a series of colourful parades.

The unique annual event runs begins on Friday and culminates in a grand parade on Monday evening, featuring quirky costumed characters such as the Hobby Horse, Fool, "grenadiers," the hapless "Earl" himself, plus musicians and flower-bedecked villagers.

The tradition was abandoned in 1837 but the modern version was revived in 1974 from old archives and whatever its origins, the theme is of the fugitive "Earl of Tyrone" sought through the village before being paraded in triumph at Monday's parade.

Anyone in the village or surrounding parishes is welcome to dress up and take part in the parades. Volunteer stewards and collectors are also very welcome, call the number below for details.


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The Friday procession, with soldiers, drummers, Hobby Horse and Fool, will set off from the seaside at 7pm and make its way up the long village street.

On Saturday a children's parade will leave Combe Martin Primary School at 11am and then on Saturday the Earl of Rone Social Evening will be held at the Castle Inn from 8pm, with a display of archive pictures and the famous Combe Martin Strawberry Cake!

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On Sunday the hunt makes a winding tour around the byways and back lanes of the village from 1.30pm and then on Monday evening the main procession will set off from the top of the village around 6pm, reaching the seaside at sunset when the "Earl" is ceremoniously "cast" into the sea.

Collection proceeds go to covering the costs of the event and local good cause. Volunteers for stewards are invited to call (01271) 883803 and collectors 882271. Visit www.earl-of-rone.org.uk for more about the tradition.

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