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In Pictures: The final hunt
Hunt supporters
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Hunting supporters gather before the start of the Lunesdale Hunt in Sedburgh, Cumbria, to show their solidarity for one last time before the ban is introduced on 18 February 2005.
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Huntsman Paul Whitehead leads the hounds off on foot in Lunesdale, one of about 250 hunts throughout England and Wales to meet on Thursday.
Bilsdale hunt
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Members of the oldest foxhunt in the country, the Bilsdale Hunt, set off for the final time in Thirsk nearly 350 years after the organisation was first established.
Anti-hunting protesters outside parliament
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Meanwhile outside the House Of Commons, International Fund for Animal Welfare campaigners raise a glass to the forthcoming ban.
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Police in Hullavington, Wiltshire, oversee the start of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt where hundreds gather in the driving rain to support the event, which costs around 400,000 every year to run.
Capt Ian Farquhar
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Beaufort Hunt Joint Master Capt Ian Farquhar leads the way along the route which has become very popular with Prince Charles, his sons and Camilla Parker Bowles.
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Anti-hunt organisations, for whom the ban is the culmination of years of campaigning, say they hope most continuing hunts will stay within the law.


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