They were lifted by their arms and legs by two fellow Freeholders and "dunted" - placed three times on the official dunting
stone - in the rarely used initiation ceremony.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB Jo Ball and Miles Hawthornthwaite at the official dunting
stone in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, yesterday
Your car can take an infinite amount of damage, while dunting
people or innocent vehicles trashes them and lowers your viewer rating.
They are taken to the dunting stone, on the eighth fairway of the town's golf course, picked up by their feet and shoulders by current freeholders and gently placed three times on the stone.
Later this month, the dunting ceremony will be held for the first time in five years - and the first in living memory when three people will be officially welcomed as freeholders at the same time.
Whoever comes out as the successful bidder when the lot is put under the hammer next month can expect a form of the birthday bumps for their trouble, known as dunting.
INITIATION Gladstone Storey is dunted in 1977, with his uncle Robert Mavin Storey, left, and Grandfather Gladstone Storey CLIQUE Newbiggin Freeholders in 1936 TRADITION Gladstone Storey, a Newbiggin Freeholder, standing by the dunting stone
All new freeholders are expected to make themselves available for an initiation ceremony known as "dunting", which is carried out on the Wednesday nearest to May 28 and involves the newcomer being picked up by their feet and shoulders and placed three times on the official dunting stone on the eighth fairway of the golf course.
Whether they want to take part in a dunting ceremony is up to them.
A session of dunting - a centuries-old version of the bumps given to children on their birthdays - awaits the successful buyer who becomes the latest member of the ancient Freeholders Lords of the Manor group in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland.
New freeholders are expected to make themselves available for the dunting ritual, which officially welcomes them into the group.
May Day' traditions exist all over the country, but there are few as bizarre as that of the dunting
stone in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.