11:00 Friday 03 January 2014

Windy weather did not stop New Year's Day hunt

Written byJENNY MOODY

RAIN, wind and the general cold did not stop riders and their supporters taking to the rural streets of Uttoxeter for the annual New Year’s Day hunt.

The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt returned to Uttoxeter on New Year’s Day for its fourth year running and residents were out in force to show their support for the riders.

The riders met in Uttoxeter’s Market Place, providing a unique sight for visitors to the town centre.

They then trotted through Uttoxeter towards the edge of the town across towards Chartley and Marchington before making their way back to the town centre.

Rachel Morley, joint secretary of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, said the event was once again well supported by the townsfolk and enjoyed by those involved.

She told the Post and Times: “It went very well and there was approximately 50 riders taking part.

“It was a very wet day but everyone really enjoyed it and we had a large crowd of people come out to support the hunt despite the bad weather.

“A good day was had by all.”

Before the event, the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt donated a cheque for £1,000 to Cancer Research UK.

The money was raised through a function they held earlier in the year and was handed over to Viv Thomson, chairman of the Dovedale Friends of Cancer Research UK.

The hunt was brought back to Uttoxeter to the joy of many four years ago after around 60 years of its absence.

The hunt is also held in nearby Blithfield on Boxing Day.

Due to the ban on hunting with hounds, the dogs must follow a pre-laid scent line to replicate hunting foxes.

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