Even a fox turned out for hunt meet

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Huntsman Robert McCarthy (centre)  leads the hounds  along Baliffgate to  the castle.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Huntsman Robert McCarthy (centre) leads the hounds along Baliffgate to the castle.

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THERE was an unusual visitor among the crowds who turned out to see the Percy Hunt’s New Year meet.

A man-sized fox mingled with the horses and even the hounds at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. There was a good turn out to see the hunt off.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. There was a good turn out to see the hunt off.

There was a good turnout to see off the hunt.

Delighted youngsters got a chance to pat the hounds.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Nice to meet you said the fox to the hound.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Nice to meet you said the fox to the hound.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Youngsters loved meeting the hounds.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Youngsters loved meeting the hounds.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland, chats with Eileen and Graham Luke.

The Percy Hunt New Year meet at the Barbican of Alnwick Castle on Monday Jaunuary 2 2012. Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland, chats with Eileen and Graham Luke.