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Hundreds turn out for Boxing Day meet of Thurlow Hunt

Around 1,000 people turned out to watch the traditional Boxing Day meet of the Thurlow Hunt.

Robin Vestey, joint master of the hunt, said around 60 mounted riders took part in the event, meeting behind Great Thurlow Hall before setting off on a course around the Thurlow Estate marked by an artificial scent. The idea is for huntsmen and hounds to try to emulate the skills employed before the Hunting Act of 2004 came into effect.

On why the event remains so popular today, Mr Vestey said: “I think it’s the tradition, it’s the rural way of life and, in spite of what you may see in newspapers, I think a lot of people are supportive of our cause.”

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