WATCH: Percy Hunt New Year's Day meet

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Horses and hounds set off

A large crowd turned up at Alnwick Castle on New Year's Day to witness the Percy Hunt's first meet of the year.

Whipper In Matthew Sewell and huntsman Robert  McCarthy with the hounds at the Percy Hunt New  meet at Alnwick Castle' Picture by Jane Coltman

Whipper In Matthew Sewell and huntsman Robert McCarthy with the hounds at the Percy Hunt New meet at Alnwick Castle' Picture by Jane Coltman

Huntsman Robert McCarthy and Whipper In Matthew Sewell brought the hounds to the Barbican where Percy Specials were consumed to help fend off the winter chill.

After an address was made to the assembled hunt supporters the riders and hounds set off up Clayport Bank.

Percy Hunt  at Alnwick Castle on January 1st' Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt at Alnwick Castle on January 1st' Picture by Jane Coltman

Millie Greener makes a friend at the Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman

Millie Greener makes a friend at the Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman

Percy Hunt New Year meet at Alnwick Castle'Picture by Jane Coltman