Boxing Day is traditionally the biggest day of the hunting calendar, with 250 gatherings, but only ‘drag hunts’ using scented trails are still permitted.
An Ipsos MORI poll released yesterday found 80 per cent of the public want to keep the current law. Mr Farage, who lives in the village of Downe, near the Kent border, was not so cheerful on Christmas Eve when he tweeted that his electricity had been cut off due to flooding.
Around the country they gather - horse, hound and rider, and thousands of supporters. The traditional Boxing Day Hunt is the biggest day of the hunting calendar across the UK. From the village of Aldborough St John in North Yorkshire to Matching Green in Essex, some 250 hunts will ride out today. Fox hunting with dogs was banned almost ten years ago by Tony Blair's Labour government. Although hunting with hounds is illegal, drag hunts using scented trails are still permitted.
Photo: Independence Party leader Nigel Farage shakes hands with huntsman Mark Bycroft of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt
The traditional Boxing Day Hunt is the biggest day of the hunting calendar across the UK. Above the Matching Green riders
Huntsman with the Avon Vale Hunt toast supporters who have gathered for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, at Lacock, Wiltshire
Above, the Avon Vale Hunt. A recent survey commissioned by The League Against Cruel Sports has shown 80 percent of the public remain opposed to hunting with dogs for sport
Members of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt depart from Chiddingstone Castle for the annual Boxing Day hunt in Chiddingstone, Kent
Hundreds gather on the village of Aldborough St John in North Yorkshire this morning for the traditional Boxing Day Hunt as the Zetland Hunt meets and trail the surrounding farmland south of the River Tees led by Huntsman David Jukes and his hounds
The Beaufort Boxing Day Hunt takes place near Didmarton, in the grounds of the spectacular Badminton Estate, Gloucestershire
The earliest records of hounds being kennelled at Badminton date back to 1640 when the then Marquis of Worcester hunted mainly deer, but hare and fox as well