Suffolk Hunt pulls in the crowds on Boxing Day

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Boxing Day Hunt, Hawstead ANL-151227-172657009

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An annual Boxing Day tradition proved popular as hundreds of people descended on the Suffolk Hunt in Hawstead.

Approximately 400 to 500 people flocked to the event at Hawstead Lodge Farm, near Bury St Edmunds.

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There were about 40 to 50 horse riders and, following the Hunting Act 2004 which banned the hunting of wild mammals using hounds, they followed a trail of an artificially laid scent around the area.

Gary Tate, a secretary for the Suffolk Hunt, said: “We were really pleased with the turn out - there was as many as we’ve seen in recent years.

“We try to make it interesting and realistic so they don’t always know where the trail is going to go.

“Everybody enjoyed it and lots of people stayed out most of the day. It’s a great Boxing Day tradition which people seem to love.”

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Boxing Day Hunt, Hawstead ANL-151227-172600009

The Suffolk Hunt is based in Great Whelnetham and has hunted in the area since 1745.

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Boxing Day Hunt, Hawstead ANL-151227-172003009

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