09:53 Friday 27 December 2013

New year adventure as hunt expects large crowd

Written byROB SMYTH

Annual Meynell and South Staff Hunt - Uttoxeter Market Place. Annual Meynell and South Staff Hunt - Uttoxeter Market Place.

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 the 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 January 1, 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 attracted 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.”

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