Belvoir Hunt prepares for traditional Boxing Day meet in Grantham

Belvoir Hunt meets at St Peter's Hill, Grantham, on Boxing Day.
Belvoir Hunt meets at St Peter's Hill, Grantham, on Boxing Day.
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Hounds and horses will gather in St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, at 11am on Boxing Day for the traditional Belvoir Hunt meet.

The gathering in front of the Guildhall usually attracts a large crowd of people keen to see the spectacle of the Duke of Rutland’s hounds and the many riders on horseback.

Following tradition, Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby will greet the Belvoir Castle-based hunt and will serve mince pies left over from the recent bikers’ toy run. The pies were donated by Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Councillor Jacky Smith.

Since the hunting 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.