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Last Updated: Monday, 27 December, 2004, 16:20 GMT
In pictures: Christmas Hunt
Hounds from Atherstone hunt in the Market Square at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire,.
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Hounds from the Atherstone Hunt in the Market Square at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.
The Duke of Beaufort's hounds gather at Worcester Lodge on his Badminton estate in the Cotswolds.
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The Duke of Beaufort's hounds gather at Worcester Lodge on his Badminton estate in the Cotswolds.
The Atherstone hunt leaving the Market Square at Market Bosworth early on Monday.
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The Atherstone Hunt leaving the Market Square at Market Bosworth early on Monday.
The hounds of the Wensleydale Hunt on the Moors above Leyburn.
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The hounds of the Wensleydale Hunt on moors above Leyburn.
Huntsmen across England and Wales vowed this would not be the last time they practised their sport at Christmas.
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Huntsmen across England and Wales vowed this would not be the last time they practised their sport at Christmas.
Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Cheshire Hunt set off from the village of Tarporley, Cheshire.
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Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Cheshire Hunt set off from the village of Tarporley, Cheshire.
A huntsman from the Cheshire Hunt follows his hounds across fields.
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A huntsman from the Cheshire Hunt follows his hounds across the snow-covered fields around Tarporley.
A fox flees the hounds of the Cheshire Hunt.
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A fox flees the hounds of the Cheshire Hunt.
The Irish Republic also saw hunts on Monday, like this one in Meath.
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The Irish Republic also saw hunts on Monday, like this one in Meath.
Hampshire huntsmen follow their hounds in the village of Herriard near Basingstoke.
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Hampshire huntsmen follow their hounds in the village of Herriard near Basingstoke.




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