GALLERY: Hundreds support Boxing Day hunt

The Belvoir Hunt meets at St Peter's Hill on Boxing Day.
The Belvoir Hunt meets at St Peter's Hill on Boxing Day.

CROWDS gathered in the centre of Grantham on Boxing Day for the Belvoir Hunt’s annual town centre meet.

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Traditionally the hunt, based at kennels at Belvoir Castle, is greeted by the Mayor of Grantham at the Guildhall in St Peter’s Hill.

Hundreds of people gathered in the morning to witness the spectacle.

It was one of the biggest days for the hunt in recent years, with hunts around the country reporting high levels of support.

Agriculture minister Jim Paice told supporters of the Fitzwilliam Hunt in Peterborough that he is in favour of allowing hunting with dogs and that a free vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act would be held in the House of Commons by the Coalition government.

Since the ban was introduced in 2005, hunts have been prohibited from using hounds to pursue foxes as well as other creatures including hare and mink.

Hunts continue to hold their traditional meets, and use scented decoys to attract the hounds.

l Should the hunting ban be repealed? Or is it a cruel sport that has no place in modern society?

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