DUE to the impact of coronavirus, the Berkeley Hunt would like to let supporters and residents know that they will not be able to conduct their usual annual Boxing Day meet at Thornbury but look forward to returning in 2021.

A spokesman for the hunt said: "We have taken this step to comply with legislation regarding large gatherings but primarily out of respect for local people. We genuinely value the tremendous support offered by residents of Thornbury and the wider area over many years. The wellbeing of our local communities will always be our priority."

"The Berkeley Hunt is disappointed that their Boxing Day meet will not go ahead at the normal location and will follow a different format this year due to coronavirus restrictions, but is very much looking forward to welcoming large numbers of supporters back again in 2021."

A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance added: “Subject to government guidance, trail hunting will still take place on Boxing Day, but like so many other leisure and sporting events, these will sadly have to take place behind closed doors,” explained a spokesperson for the Countryside Alliance.

“Over a quarter of a million people usually support Boxing Day meets each year so we appreciate that seeing the hounds and watching the spectacle of the meet is often one of the highlights of the annual festive activities for so many in the local area.”