PICTURES: Hunt saddles up for New Year meet

Huntsman Robert McCarthy leads the hunt away at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Laine Baker
Huntsman Robert McCarthy leads the hunt away at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Laine Baker
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Crowds braved the cold to meet the horses and hounds at the Percy Hunt’s annual New Year meet.

Riders gathered at the Barbican at Alnwick Castle for Monday’s traditional ride-out.

Whipper In Matthew Sewell and  Huntsman Robert McCarthy at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Laine Baker

Whipper In Matthew Sewell and Huntsman Robert McCarthy at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Laine Baker

Percy Specials helped keep the chill at bay, while youngsters enjoyed getting up close to the hounds.

Among those seeing the hunt on their way were the Duke of Northumberland 
and his daughter Lady 
Katie.

The meet was filmed live on Facebook by Gazette photographer Jane Coltman and was watched by more than 46,000 people worldwide.

Huntsman Robert McCarthy  at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Laine Baker

Huntsman Robert McCarthy at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Laine Baker

Joe Roberts, aged 5 at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Joe Roberts, aged 5 at the Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle.
Mixing the Percy Specials
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year Meet on Bank Holiday Monday at Alnwick Castle. Mixing the Percy Specials Picture by Jane Coltman