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Hounds paraded at hunt open day

Richard Blakeney parades the hounds
Organisers said they were confident the ban would be lifted

Almost 200 people turned out to meet the hounds at the kennels of a Kent hunt during an open day.

Many of the visitors to the East Kent Hunt event in Elham on Sunday were there to show their support for their hunting.

Richard Blakeney, a professional huntsman, and Mark Westaway, a whipper-in, paraded the hounds for the crowd.

Organisers said they were confident the ban would be lifted and they would be able to hunt again.

Nick Onslow, a member of East Kent Hunt, said: "Despite the weather nearly 200 people visited through the course of the afternoon with many new faces.

"The overwhelming message from the local community is 'keep going - you'll win in the end', and so we shall."

He said many of the open day visitors were interested in joining the hunt, which was started about 250 years ago.




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