That was the fate of the hapless fugitive the Earl of Rone this evening (Monday) as a huge procession of villagers made its way down the main street in the conclusion of the villages unique spring bank holiday custom. The Hunting of the Earl of Rone sees a procession of characters parading through Combe Martin on each day of the bank holiday weekend, culminating in a mass parade on the Monday evening. Accompanied by the colourful Hobby Horse, Fool and Grenadiers, the luckless earl is led along facing backwards on a donkey, periodically shot, revived and the parade continues on its way amid the beating of drums. At sunset the procession finally reaches the seaside and an effigy of the earl is cast into the sea. Traffic will remain busy around the village until after 9pm this evening. You can read more about the custom at www.earl-of-rone.org.uk .