Blankney Hunt meets to keep tradition alive

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Leaving the car park. EMN-181227-111249001
Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Leaving the car park. EMN-181227-111249001

The Boxing Day meeting of the hounds, horses and riders of the Blankney Hunt passed peacefully this year - unlike scenes in other parts of the country where there were clashes with anti-hunting protesters.

A huge crowd turned out to meet the animals at the new location for this traditional festive meeting - Eastgate car park.

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111154001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111154001

The venue was switched last year after Lincolnshire Police announced it would no longer provide cover to keep traffic away from horses and followers spilling into the road at the Market Place. Rather than requesting the road be closed for an hour, Hunt organisers arranged to the use Eastgate car park instead.

There were a small number of protestors in evidence in Sleaford on the day, but no incident.

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Debbie Johnson EMN-181227-111205001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Debbie Johnson EMN-181227-111205001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Jacob Waterfield 5 and Brooke-Sophia Waterfield 4. EMN-181227-111132001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Jacob Waterfield 5 and Brooke-Sophia Waterfield 4. EMN-181227-111132001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Emma Squires with Abigail Squires 5 riding Moonie. EMN-181227-111238001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Emma Squires with Abigail Squires 5 riding Moonie. EMN-181227-111238001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111216001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111216001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111013001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111013001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111143001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111143001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Arriving at the car park. EMN-181227-110947001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Arriving at the car park. EMN-181227-110947001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111227001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. EMN-181227-111227001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Leaving the car park. EMN-181227-111302001

Blankney Hunt meet in East Gate car park, Sleaford. Leaving the car park. EMN-181227-111302001