Gallery: Crowds turn out for Melton’s traditional New Year’s Day hunt

Belvoir Hunt hounds and huntsmen in Play Close EMN-160401-091919001

Belvoir Hunt hounds and huntsmen in Play Close EMN-160401-091919001

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Scores of supporters turned out to see the traditional New Year’s Day hunt in Melton, with people of all ages gathering in Play Close park.

This year it was the turn of the Belvoir Hunt, with riders chatting to the crowds who had gathered to see them off for the day.

Riders enjoy a warming stirrup cup before the off EMN-160401-093840001

Riders enjoy a warming stirrup cup before the off EMN-160401-093840001

The event was once again hosted by the Melton Mowbray Town Estate.

Senior townwarden Dinah Hickling said: “Everything went ahead really smoothly. The hunt members were absolutely charming and we had a good, enthusiastic crowd.”

The Melton Times contacted the Belvoir Hunt but no-one was available for comment at the time of going to press.

Youngest rider of the day Gracie Akiens (2) with friend Helen Sumner EMN-160401-093441001

Youngest rider of the day Gracie Akiens (2) with friend Helen Sumner EMN-160401-093441001

Hounds and riders set off down Mill Street to hunt in the Brentingby and Saxby area EMN-160401-092234001

Hounds and riders set off down Mill Street to hunt in the Brentingby and Saxby area EMN-160401-092234001

Large crowds gathered in Play Close to see the traditional New Year's Day hunt meet in Melton EMN-160401-101352001

Large crowds gathered in Play Close to see the traditional New Year's Day hunt meet in Melton EMN-160401-101352001

Belvoir Hunt joint master David Manning chats to spectators EMN-160401-101843001

Belvoir Hunt joint master David Manning chats to spectators EMN-160401-101843001