Crowds crammed every vantage point in the centre of Bungay, phone cameras at the ready to catch the timeless parade of horses and hounds.

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Pensioners for whom the Boxing Day hunt has become an essential part of their Christmas found themselves looking up at toddlers who had found the perfect viewing spot on their father’s shoulders.

Families had begun gathering in Earsham Street from 10am and an hour later were lining the pavements three deep in what one steward remarked was the most impressive turnout for years.

Waveney Harriers have always had a loyal following in the town and the presence of so many young people in the crowd was surely a sign that this country tradition is as popular as ever.

What a difference from a decade ago when police were forced to line the road in numbers to ward off the threat of hunt saboteurs.

Any need for barriers has long since gone too and when the huntsmen and women appeared for their traditional parade along Earsham Street, the hounds ahead of them were soon mingling with the spectators and pet dogs on the pavement.

One father could be heard patiently explaining to his son that foxes were not hunted any more; the hounds followed a scent trail and the event was just good fun and exercise for all concerned.

4 comments

  • I'm sorry, but the turn out this year has been rubbish for them, and they are still hunting foxes, with the police doing nothing about it, as they are chummy chummy with the hunt, and even socialise with member of the hunt.

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    Andrew Ward

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Strange how all the previous comments that were posted have suddenly "gone"... Why????

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    Mr T

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Repulsive spectacle - who are these demented supporters cheering a bunch sadistic idiots obsessed with terrorising and ripping apart wildlife with dogs for some sick idea of 'entertainment'. Thankfully, 80% of the population - in both towns and the countryside - oppose any lifting of the ban. Why does the EDP persist in giving these vile people publicity?

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    Horowitz!

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Hunt sabs no longer waste their time going into the town centre, as we will not become part of the numbers counted. If your reporter had bothered to follow the hunt out onto the fields they would have seen many hunt sabs saving the lives of innocent animals. Animals being chased by hounds with the encouragement of the huntsman. Not only do they close the town off, causing problems for the public, but their supporters have no respect for other road users. Blocking lanes, refusing to move, and being very verbally rude. As for the trail hunting, having watched the 2 greys lay a trail in one direction, the hunt then proceeded to go the opposite way.Waveney Harriers do not & will never follow a trail. This is purely done for the police benefit only, not that they are interested in upholding the law where hunting is concerned. Members of the public I spoke to at Annis Hill, Flixton Road & outside the Co-Op entrance are sick of this outdate, draconian so called traditional event. Send it to the same place where dog & cock fighting is, no votes for women and child slavery.

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    Hare Saver

    Friday, December 27, 2013

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