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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Hunt supporters out in force across Cumbria

Hunt supporters turned out in force for traditional Boxing Day meets.

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Melbreak meeting: Huntsman Johnny Vickers call the hounds, Mark Cockbain supplies the drinks

Packs across Cumbria gathered on horse and foot to mark the occasion.

Among those that met in west Cumbria was the Melbreak Foxhounds.

Its supporters and followers met at the Wheatsheaf pub in Low Lorton.

Huntmaster Andrew Nicholson said: “It’s a tradition. People like to get out after being in all day Christmas day.

In Keswick, the Blencathra Foxhounds met in the market square before visiting the hospital, where they provided Christmas cake and sherry for supporters, and the nearby Pheasant pub.

Its master, Barry Todhunter led the pack’s dogs through the streets as the meeting got underway, watched by a crowd.

Elsewhere in Cumbria, the Cumberland Farmers’ hunt met at Welton, west of Carlisle. Steven Blamire was master and huntsman said the intention was to recreate fox hunting as much as possible. He added: “I don’t know where they have laid the scents. It is up to me and the hounds to find them; it makes it a little bit more exciting.

Mr Blamire also said he was pleased to be helping to keep a tradition going.

More than 200 hunts met across the United Kingdom yesterday.

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