AROUND 3,000 people went out to watch the North Cotswold Hunt in Broadway. The ages of those taking part ranged from 2 to 86.

Gina Mills honorary joint secretary said: “Some of them had never seen it (the hunt) before. Lots of people thanked us saying how much they enjoyed it. The weather was very kind and all the shop keepers in Broadway opened up and had fantastic trade on Boxing Day.”

Crowds lined the streets of Pershore for the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt’s annual event.

Robin Palmer, joint master of the hunt, said: “I’d say there are several thousand people here today... town people and country people all together.

“The common denominator is country sports. Everyone shows an interest in it with the exception of a few people.”