Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2013

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone.  This annual custom, unique to our village of Combe Martin, on the coast of North Devon, takes place each year over the four days of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, and involves some 600 villagers.

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone is one of over 500 unique calendar customs that take place at various times of year throughout England.  Banned in 1837, for licentiousness and drunken behaviour, the Hunting of the Earl of Rone was revived in 1974.  Over the four days of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the Grenadiers, Hobby Horse, Fool and villagers hunt through the village for the ‘Earl of Rone’, finally finding him on the Monday night.  He is mounted back-to-front on a donkey and paraded through the village to the sea. He is frequently shot by the grenadiers and falls from the donkey only to be revived by the Hobby-horse and Fool, re-mounted on the donkey, and carried onwards to his fate.  At the final shooting on the beach, he is not revived, but thrown into the sea.
JUNIOR PARTY REHEARSALS:

Sat. 11th: Stable @ the Castle, 2:00-5:00 pm

Sun. 19th: Stable @ the Castle, 2:00-5:00 pm

THE WEEKEND TIMETABLE

Fri. 24th: From the Car Park at Seaside. Assemble 7pm for 7:30 start.

Procession up the village to Pack, Health Centre, George & Dragon and Stable.

Sat. 25th: Junior Party. Assemble at the School 10:45. For 11:00 start.

Lunch at the Pack about 1:00, then to Health Centre and Stable.

Sun. 26th: Assemble at Sandaway. Leave at 1:00 pm. Beach approx. 2:00pm.

Then Museum, Cross St., Blackmore Ham, Health Centre, George & Dragon and Stable.

Mon. 27th: Grenadiers assemble at Pretoria at 5:15. Leave at 5:45.

Party assemble in Buzzacott Lane, opposite the garage, at 5:30.

Fire up and leave for Holdstone Way at 6:00.

THE WASH-UP MEETINGS

Tue. 28th: Junior wash-up meeting in the Stable @ 3:00pm

Tue. 28th: Senior wash-up meeting in the Stable @ 7:00pm

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