Suffolk Hunt attracts big turnout again

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THE ANNUAL Suffolk Hunt Boxing Day meet attracted one of the best turnouts of riders and spectactors than for a number of years.

It is estimated that a crowd of around 500 gathered to watch some 65 riders and hounds start off from Hawstead.

That in itself was a bit of a spectacle as for the past two years the ground has been too hard and frozen for the horses to take part.

Hunt Master Richard Ames said it had been a fantastic day for all concerned as the drag hunting took the hounds and horses on a scented trail across some 20 miles of countryside for around four hours.

The day began with the traditional social gathering as spectators and riders enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies.

Mr Ames, who has been master for around 15 years, said there had been a resurgence of interest in the sport and personally looked forward to a time when the hunting law was repealed.

This was the seventh Boxing Day the hunting ban had been in force. Mr Ames said it had proven to be ‘bad law’. The Coalition says should be a free vote.