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Hundreds go to watch the hunt

READY Huntsman Steve Burton leads the Hursley Hambledon Hunt up the hill out of Meonstoke village.   Picture: Malcolm Wells (124165-5181)

READY Huntsman Steve Burton leads the Hursley Hambledon Hunt up the hill out of Meonstoke village. Picture: Malcolm Wells (124165-5181)

 

HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch the traditional Boxing Day Hursley Hambledon Hunt.

The event has been a regular feature of the hunting calendar for more than 200 years.

And this year’s event drew huge crowds as people turned out to witness the tradition first hand.

The riders started out from The Buck’s Head in Meonstoke before heading off across the Hampshire countryside.

The secretary of the Hursley Hambledon Hunt, Ros Masterman, said: ‘It was a great success.

‘It went very well and the numbers were up both in terms of the number of horses and people there on foot.

‘The Buck’s Head pub was flooded and had to be closed but they still looked after us very well and provided food.’

Meanwhile, the government’s Environment Secretary Owen Paterson yesterday appeared to rule out the idea of bringing a repeal of the ban on hunting with dogs to a vote next year.

The Hursley and Hambledon Hunt was formed when the two separate groups were joined together in 1978.

Both events had been taking place since the 1800s.

 

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