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Hardy Helston hunters brave Boxing Day storm
1:00pm Sunday 6th January 2013 in Cornwall
Hardy hunters and their supporters braved high winds and driving rain in Helston last Wednesday for one of the wettest Boxing Day meets in recent memory.
Members and supporters of Cury Hunt gathered in Coinagehall Street from 10.45am and despite the unpleasant weather conditions there was a good turnout of riders.
The meet usually attracts a large number of spectators, eager to get out the house after the excesses of Christmas Day.
Although the rain meant numbers were slightly down on some years, the street was still lined by hunt supporters and families, with the children enjoying patting the horses and hounds.
It was a colourful sight, with many of the men in their red coats – known as pinks – and some horses dressed up with tinsel for the festive occasion.
At 11am the stirrup cup was served by Neil Barku, landlord of the Seven Stars, who took round drinks for all the riders.
At around 11.30am it was time for the hunt to gather and set off on their route. Riders galloped down Monument Hill en mass, with the hounds leading the way.
From the Coronation Park car park the riders then followed a trail through Nansloe and round to Gunwalloe.
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