Thousands pack Wymondham town centre for Boxing Day hunt

Dunston Harriers stage the traditional Wymondham Boxing Day hunt, leaving from the Market Place. Dunston Harriers stage the traditional Wymondham Boxing Day hunt, leaving from the Market Place.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
7:02 PM

Thousands packed into Wymondham town centre on Boxing Day to support the annual hunt as debate continues to rage over the Hunting Act, which banned the hunting of wild mammals including foxes.

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Around a dozen riders from the Dunston Harriers gathered in the town’s Market Place to be greeted by warm applause from the crowd, which had braved the cold and overcast morning to lend its vocal support.

Although the number of horses had been the same as in previous years, the number of hounds participating in the hunt in a 50 square mile area of south Norfolk was less.

Last year, there were around 20 riders and 15 hounds participating in the annual tradition.

Since the hunting ban, introduced in 2004, the Harriers use a form of trail hunting using a quad bike.

Elsie Goodwin, of Vimy Ridge, Wymondham was visiting with her husband Keith and said she had been a regular at the Boxing Day hunt since she moved to the town six years ago.

She did not agree with the ban, but believed it would be lifted once the government had dealt with the more pressing issues facing the country.

She said: “When the hunt is out in the fields, I don’t agree with 20 hounds getting one fox, but nature’s nature and if you come from the country, you have to accept it.

“I don’t think that this should be stopped at all because there is too much of a tradition going on. I can’t see what’s wrong with a few horses and hounds going out.”

Deirdre Martin, from Mulbarton, was visiting with her daughters Georgina, 19 and Rachael, 21. She said: “It is part of the tradition that should not have been changed by the law, especially if you look at the number of people here that come to support the hunt against those who complain about it.”

20 comments

  • This is a great Wymondham Christmas tradition. I am of course referring to the tradition of avoiding standing in horse and dog mess left around the market cross area for the next few days.

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    Ash Lewis

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I think you need to ask more people their opinions or print those of others. Hunting is disputable and the half hearted efforts to ban it should be removed and replaced with a total ban.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Good luck to the hunt, how many people who want to ban this sport have cats that tear any number of animals to bits.

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    John Bridge

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Why does the EDP continue to report on is this disgusting activity, undertaken by the privileged elite ?

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Why does the EDP continue to report on is this disgusting activity, undertaken by the privileged elite ?

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Anyone who thinks hunting is an efficient way of keeping the fox population down has rocks in their neurological attic. We have a chap who hunts them with a rifle in the middle of the night. I have seen one fox in FOURTEEN years in our remote village as a result. The last three foxes I have seen were two in London and one in central Norwich. You try squeezing fifty hounds and twenty horses in there. Just admit the combo of horses and hounds is a fun way of passing a day and forget about the foxes. If they are overinhabiting an area send in the professionals. Meanwhile can I recommend hound trailing when the hounds run themselves over the hills in the Lake District, following a trail but hunting nothing. No horses but you cant have everything.

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    alecto

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Harriers hunt hares. Elsie Goodwin's comments are typical of the ignorant fools who pitch up once a year to celebrate a 'tradition' they know absolutely nothing about. Allowing children to witness wildlife being ripped to shreds by a pack of hounds is child abuse. Do you support that tradition as well, Elsie? And what happened to the hounds..? http:www.powa.org.ukid82.html

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    wnid

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • The hunt should be made to clean up the mess but I do think that this hunting should continue, but using criminals instead of fox scents.

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    wes1975

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • i was there this morning and i think hundreds rather than thousands would describe the turnout. i wish people would just get on with their own lives rather than nit-picking over things that they dont like. you lot spend your time liking the things you like and we will remain supporting fox-hunting. yes, there are things in this world im against but i just dont let it bother me and get on with it. everyone else should do the same.

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    canaryboy71

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Why does the EDP continue to report on is this disgusting activity, undertaken by the privileged elite ?

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Why does the EDP continue to report on is this disgusting activity, undertaken by the privileged elite ?

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • What a biased report by Dominic Bareham. How about a quote or two from the anti-hunt lobby? I thought all disinterested reporters had to demonstrate balance. Therefore, a so-called "Senior Reporter" should know better. Perhaps he "cut his teeth" at Horse and Hounds magazine.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Really....private land, you never watch the Dunston Harriers then? They were running on Tuttles lane xmas eve.

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    Peter Wright

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Morning Whippers, you have lost me there.

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    John Bridge

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • John B. What an excellent comparison about cats, they tear apart millions of wild, and protected birds and no one bothers, were is the outcry for that? I do not support fox hunting in any form but I do have a real issue with other people cats desstroying wild life in my garden and there is nothing I can do about it. At least the dogs on these "hunts" are on private land and under some form of control, and a good way of exercise for them. As for cats, they belong on farm yards and all domestic cats should be complelled to wear collars and bells to protect our wild life.

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    Mr T

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • "..John B. What an excellent comparison about cats..." Really ? The logical conclusion of that argument is that no cat owner could remonstrate with any human who defecated in his garden . Likewise a dog owner could not complain if a human bit him on the ankle.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • It is a great tradition - a bestial tradition - no fair play involved. A really big herd of hungry dogs chasing an increasingly exhausted fox to its end being torn apart. I love seeing a hunt meet and admire the time and effort obviously put in on the hunters and ponies. Chase an aniseed smelling bag or whatever..... please

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    Roberta

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • "What did the fox say?" Nothing.. he'd been ripped apart by dogs belonging to the wealthy elite.

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    not-a-carrot-cruncher

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Dominic Bareham, senior reporter, makes no mention of the recent Ipsos Mori poll showing 80% of the UK population (up 4% from last year) oppose any lifting of the ban on hunting with hounds and that this 80% is reflected in both the countryside and towns - exposing the complete myth that is the centerpiece of the so-called 'Countryside Alliance'. Why does the EDP persist with this grotesque adulatory coverage for a bunch of sadistic thugs on horseback who would take great pleasure in chasing to exhaustion and ripping apart an animal with dogs? There is abundant evidence that many of these hunt thugs feel they are, for some reason, above the law and regularly hunt illegally in the anonymity of the countryside. There have been some 50 successful prosecutions since the ban - no doubt but the tip of the iceberg. I hope the next government imposes far stricter penalties such as licenses for hunts that can be easily revoked for these vile animal abusers.

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    Horowitz!

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Yes and why can't this hunt pick up their dog and horse muck when they come to our town.

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    Peter Wright

    Friday, December 27, 2013

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