Team get ready for tar barrel trek
IF YOU were not awake by 9.30am on Sunday morning this week and living anywhere near the Square in Hatherleigh, you soon would have been.
The Hatherleigh Tar Barrel team chose this location to prepare their barrels.
And the sound of hammering soon drowned out the church clock, jackdaws and the still snoring residents.
The metal bands on the barrels were drilled and nailed so that they would keep shape on the sledges needed to pull them along.
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On September 7 the team will be off on a 12-15 mile run, taking in 10 pubs – and much-needed liquid refreshment at most of them – on a route from Hatherleigh to Iddesleigh, through eight villages. If you live in Winkleigh, North Tawton, Exbourne, Northlew, Bratton Clovelly, Halwill Junction, Black Torrington or Highampton, you'll probably hear the bell ringing and cheering as they pass and you are welcome to join in pulling the barrels through your village.
A tremendous amount of work goes into preparing the tar barrels for Carnival Day – so if you did lose any sleep last Sunday, I'm sure you will consider it worth it when it comes to November 9.
The team of helpers were busy until well past lunchtime, when the barrels were mounted on their wooden stands, ready for the fund-raising pull, and Hatherleigh's great Carnival procession.