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A Boxing Day Hunt, Chagford, Devon - 26th December 2007

It's the day after Christmas, and in a nod to the tradition of hundreds of years, a hunt assembles in Chagford's main square. Most of the town seems to turn up to watch the colourful occasion and many are joining in, including local resident and TV personality Jennifer Saunders. The riders and dogs mill around for a while, with the occasional swig of a hip-flask to eep them going, before they head up the road out of town on their foxless hunt.

next album: A Post-Christmas Trip to Orford, Suffolk - 29th December 2007
previous album: Matt's Allotment and Meldon Hill, Chagford, Devon - 26th December 2007

2007 The hunt starts gathering in The Square

The hunt starts gathering in The Square

2007 An old woman and her dog have a chat

An old woman and her dog have a chat

2007 A horse on North Street

A horse on North Street

2007 The woman and dog wander off

The woman and dog wander off

2007 More riders join the throng

More riders join the throng

2007 A nice horse on The Square

A nice horse on The Square

2007 A rider arrives in colours

A rider arrives in colours

2007 Jennifer Saunders and her rather nice horse

Jennifer Saunders and her rather nice horse

2007 A small boy on a crazy-eyed pony

A small boy on a crazy-eyed pony

2007 The scene in the square

The scene in the square

2007 The hounds head up from Mill Street

The hounds head up from Mill Street

2007 Horses skitter as the hounds howl

Horses skitter as the hounds howl

2007 The pack of hounds

The pack of hounds

2007 Horses' arses

Horses' arses

2007 Pedestrians gingerly walk between horses

Pedestrians gingerly walk between horses

2007 Mulled wine is passed around

Mulled wine is passed around

2007 A barman collects glasses

A barman collects glasses

2007 The hounds mill around, excitedly

The hounds mill around, excitedly

2007 A rider with a glass of mulled wine

A rider with a glass of mulled wine

2007 Looking up to a horse

Looking up to a horse

2007 A dog's-eye view of the horses

A dog's-eye view of the horses

2007 Someone gives the hounds a bit of attention

Someone gives the hounds a bit of attention

2007 The hunt hangs around waiting

The hunt hangs around waiting

2007 A fire engine squeezes through the crowds

A fire engine squeezes through the crowds

2007 A horse looks back

A horse looks back

2007 A horse has a laff

A horse has a laff

2007 A load of horses outside the Spar

A load of horses outside the Spar

2007 A Member of the Field announces the off

A Member of the Field announces the off

2007 The whipper-in leads the hounds off

The whipper-in leads the hounds off

2007 The hunt heads off

The hunt heads off

2007 The hunt disappears up Mill Street

The hunt disappears up Mill Street

2007 There's a big turn out

There's a big turn out

2007 The remaining crowds throng Chagford

The remaining crowds throng Chagford

2007 A mass of people on Mill Street

A mass of people on Mill Street

2007 A little bit of politics

A little bit of politics

2007 Isobel and Sis

Isobel and Sis

2007 People drink beer outside Webber and Sons

People drink beer outside Webber and Sons

2007 The square is covered in horse poo

The square is covered in horse poo

2007 We head back towards the flat, after a beer in the pub

We head back towards the flat, after a beer in the pub

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The hunt starts gathering in The Square