Hundreds of people descended on Pleasington to support the annual Holcombe Hunt, on Boxing Day.

The historic hunt, which dates back to 1086, is usually held in Rivington, but has taken place in Pleasington for the last two years.

Around 60 riders, and a pack of Stud Book Harriers, came to the Railway Hotel in Victoria Road and crowds gathered to take a look at one of the country’s oldest hunts as it staged a display, of trail hunting across the Lancashire countryside.

The event, which abides by hunting laws, sees an artificial trail was laid around the field for the dogs, illustrating how modern day hunts operate, before the hounds were let loose to follow the trail.

Stunning pictures have emerged of the hunt, which were taken by Mike Bisson, of Mike Bisson Photography.

Master of the hunt, Sue Simmons, said the day went well.

She said: “We are a law abiding and legal trail hunt, conducting our activities within the law.

“It was a very good day that was well supported by people from the Holcombe Harriers and the general public.

“It is always well supported and people are always keen for a good walk and a bit of fresh air on Boxing Day.”

Sue said she is pleased to see that the tradition has been kept alive.

She said: “The public like to see a traditional British pastime still taking place.

“It is a golden thread that runs through rural and British farming life. It gives people a chance to come and see each other on public holidays to see each other.

“We had two young ladies riding side saddle, which was lovely to see that tradition. It is nice to see the younger generation doing this [so the tradition can continue].

“It also supports the local trade in the pubs and cafes as people get out into them and buy food and drink.”

The next trail hunt organised by the group is set to take place on New Year’s Day. It will take place at The Red Lion in Wheelton, from 12pm.