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Albrighton Boxing Day Hunt in pictures and video

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[gallery] The Albrighton Boxing Day Hunt met as usual at The Royal Victoria Hotel in St Mary's Street, Newport, but this year's event was tinged with sadness following the death of member Ray Shaw.

A meeting of the hunt which should have taken place on December 15 was cancelled as a mark of respect for the huntsman, who was found dead at his home in Kennels Lane, Albrighton, after he failed to turn up to a meet.

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Hunt secretary Julian Hill said a collection was held at the Boxing Day hunt for both Cancer Research and Mr Shaw's family.

Mr Hill said a tribute to Mr Shaw would be held in the near future and added: "Ray was on all our minds on Boxing Day."

Mr Shaw was responsible for getting the hounds and horses ready for hunt meetings. He walked the hounds each day and was involved in breeding horses.The hunt was meeting at the Dartmouth Arms in Burnhill Green, near Albrighton, when Mr Shaw failed to turn up with the hounds.

Other members of the hunt then broke down his door and found him dead in his bed.

Yesterday's Albrighton meeting brought about 3,000 on-lookers who saw more than 50 riders take part in what is one of the county's biggest hunts.

The Albrighton Hunt, which formed in 1829, is also one of the county's oldest and Mr Hill said it continued to be well supported, although the continual downpours of rain had made the ground tricky for riders and they all had to take extra care.

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