Boxing Day Brings Out Thousands To Support Grafton Hunt
|Author: James Rudd||Published: 26th December 2012 13:56|
Grafton Hunt at Easton Neston on Boxing Day 2012 led by Huntsman Mick Wills
The Grafton Hunt met for the traditional Stirrup Cup at Easton Neston House and grounds on Boxing Day 2012.
The annual Boxing Day tradition was attended by thousands of hunt supporters and well wishers as Boxing Day dawned bright and sunny, slick arrangements on car parking meant that cars were parked on hardstanding and four wheel drives on the park land this made leaving much easier.
The bright weather meant that it was good to see the hunt turn out with hounds to thousands of spectators and hunt supporters proving the hunt’s popularity with the rural community despite a ban on fox hunting introduced by the Hunting Act in 2005.
Many Towcester people and taken the opportunity to stretch their legs and walk up Northampton Road to see the spectacle.
Huntsman Mick Wills with Andrea Leadsom MP for South Northamptonshire and hounds of the Grafton Hunt at Easton Neston
Andrea Leadsom local MP for South Northamptonshire was there with her family chatting to the hunt and supporters.
The Master of the Grafton Hunt made a brief speech before the traditional Cavalry charge of which there were two this year, speaking he said, "We would like to thank all our supporters for coming to see us today and one day this act will be repealed."
The Boxing Day Meet of the Grafton is traditionally held on Boxing Day except when it falls on a Sunday.
Many supporters either go on to follow the hunt or up to Towcester Races who are holding one of their premier meets.