IN PICTURES: Percy Hunt attracts a large crowd for the first meeting of 2019

Riders and supporters met at The Barbican of Alnwick Castle before the trail hunt set off pursuing an artificial scent that had been laid out earlier by a quad bike rider.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 04 January, 2019, 15:19
The huntsman and the hounds make their way along Bailifgate. Picture by Jane Coltman

Huntsman Robert McCarthy said it was the biggest turnout he had ever seen and hunt chairman Harry Chrisp said he was thrilled to see so many new faces.

There were no anti-hunt demonstrators in attendance. Photgraphs can be ordered by going to Buy A Photo on the bottom of our website and entering Hunt in to the search box.

The Percy Hunt hounds. Pictures by Jane Coltman
Quad bike riders also follow the hunt.
There was a big field of riders.
One of the younger riders in attendance.
Riders head towards Alnwick Castle.
Percy Hunt hounds.
Waiting for the off....
A range of ages attended the hunt.
Following on horse and quad bike.
Crowds lined the streets to watch the event.
The Duke of Northumberland and George, Earl Percy.

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Cheers - enjoying a Percy Special.
Huntsman Robert McCarthy
Having a quick pat....
Whipper-In Allan Morris
Alnwick Castle Barbican was the backdrop for the meet.
Lady Caroline de Cabarrus, sister of the Duke, greets huntsman Robert McCarthy.
Heading off....
Setting off along Bailiffgate
A large field turned out for the New Year meet.
Big horse, little horse....
Off they go with the hounds leading the way.
Allan Morris and the hounds set off along Bailiffgate.