HUNTSMEN drew in the crowds to Maldon High Street as the traditional New Year’s Day Hunt took place.

The Essex Farmer and Union Hunt met on Monday at The Blue Boar Hotel’s car park on Silver Street, before parading down the High Street before setting off for their short trial hunt.

Crowds flooded the streets on the cold but sunny bank holiday morning and greeted the huntsmen and their horses and hounds.

Owner of The Blue Boar Kate Wilsdon-Craddock said: “It was so very busy, but it went fantastically. By the time they had all set off we were just all so run off our feet.

“What with Christmas and New Year as well, it has been such a great couple of weeks here, so many people up in the hotel and bar.”

Whilst the crowd was full of supporters, anti-hunt protestors were also in attendance.