‘FAM­ILY-FRIENDLY’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Boxing Day Hunt -

The at­tack came af­ter the East Kent with West Street Hunt broke a 100-yearold tra­di­tion of gath­er­ing in El­ham vil­lage square, set­ting off in­stead for the first time by the ken­nels at the top of Cul­lens Hill. It was hoped that the move would make for a more “fam­i­lyfriendly oc­ca­sion” af­ter pre­vi­ous meets be­came marred by ten­sion be­tween sup­port­ers and demon­stra­tors. Nick Onslow, a spokesman for the East Kent with West Street Hunt said: “The hunt’s po­si­tion is that we would con­demn any vi­o­lence. It’s wholly in­ap­pro­pri­ate. Our only com­ment is that if an in­di­vid­ual was hurt, then we wish them a speedy re­cov­ery. “I have been go­ing to Box­ing Day meets most of my life. The East Kent Hunt al­ways has hun­dreds of peo­ple who turn out be­cause they love to see horses and hounds come down the main street. It’s a great spec­ta­cle and it’s a big event for a lot of peo­ple. This year, we had 40 to 50 rid­ers. “The ladies and gen­tle­man on horse­back had a fun time, and we’re im­mensely grate­ful to our farm­ers and landown­ers for al­low­ing us ac­cess. “It’s aw­ful that af­ter we had gone there was an in­ci­dent in which some­one may have been hurt.”

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