A 73-year-old man died after a fall out hunting with the Duke of Beaufort’s on Saturday (27 December).

Farmer David Hall, of Badminton, who had hunted with the Beaufort for 65 years, was thrown when his horse stopped at a fence. He was catapulted into the fence, breaking his neck

The Great Western Air Ambulance was called but Mr Hall could not be revived.

Joint-master Captain Ian Farquhar said: “We have lost a very popular and respected local farmer and a stalwart of the hunting community. He will be deeply missed.

“As a mark of respect to him, his family and the local hunting community we stopped the hunt and returned the hounds to kennels after the accident.”

The hunt had met at Westonbirt, near Tetbury.