Big crowd greets Morpeth Hunt on New Year’s Day

Some of the Morpeth Hunt riders, horses and hounds enter Newmarket on New Year's Day morning. Picture by Anne Hopper.
Some of the Morpeth Hunt riders, horses and hounds enter Newmarket on New Year's Day morning. Picture by Anne Hopper.

Hundreds of people went to the Newmarket area of Morpeth on New Year’s Day to see riders, horses and hounds.

The traditional Morpeth Hunt greeting included a collection to support those in Cumbria who have suffered from repeated flooding.

The 25 riders re-met at Stanton and the contingent went to farms at Haredene, Whinney Hill, Doe Hill, Parkhead, Blackpool (near Longhorsley) and Smallburn.

Joint Master of the Hunt, Evan Jobling-Purser, said: “It was wonderful to see such a great turnout of the public in Morpeth, which we think was in the region of 600.

“It was really wet going, but all the farmers were most accommodating.”