Hunt to meet on New Year’s Day

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Residents can once again see the Morpeth Hunt riders, horses and hounds in the town centre on New Year’s Day.

They will assemble in the leisure centre car park from around 10.30am before heading off into the surrounding countryside.

A collection will take place to support those in Cumbria who have suffered from repeated flooding.

Joint Master of the Hunt, Evan Jobling-Purser, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see so many faces in the town centre for the start of the New Year’s Day meet. Last year, about 350 people came along.

“We’re very grateful to the farmers and landowners in the area because without them giving us access to their lovely land, we wouldn’t have anywhere to go.”

About 25 horses and riders met outside The Dyke Neuk Inn, Meldon, on Boxing Day.

There was still a decent turnout from members of the public, but the heavy rain meant that the hunt did not take place on safety grounds.