The Meynell And South Staffs Hunt met in Uttoxeter's main square to begin their New Year’s Day trail. Although nothing was open in the town bar a few pubs, there must have been two hundred or more people there to see the hunters off.
But I was surprised to hear in the thank-you speech a reference to fox-hunting-with-dogs - which was banned in 2004. I suppose these hunters would like to see the practise return, though it seems very unlikely. Nowadays the dogs follow a pre-arranged scent trail.
Incidentally, in case you are wondering, there were no protesters there.
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