06:30 Thursday 26 December 2013

Big crowds predicted as hunt date revealed

Written byROB SMYTH

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BUMPER crowds are expected to once again brave the winter cold and New Year hangover to support a traditional hunt through the East Staffordshire countryside.

The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt is returning to Uttoxeter on New Year’s Day for its fourth year running and residents are urged to go out and show their support for the riders.

The riders will meet in the Market Place, near to the war memorial, from 11am on New Year’s Day with many of those taking part parking at Uttoxeter Racecourse, in Wood Lane.

Rachel Morley, joint secretary of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, said the event usually attracts a large crowd of spectators into the town.

She said: “This is the fourth time we have met in Uttoxeter although I am informed we did used to do the hunt here around 60 odd years ago.

“Last year we had 60 to 70 horses and ponies turn out for the hunt and hope for around the same again this year.

“It is weather permitting but I’m sure they will still hold it if it is cold and frosty. The hunt is all part of our history and it is a great tradition.”

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