The senior acting joint-master of the Dunston Harriers has died, following a fall out hunting last Saturday, 9 February. Sheila Castle, 84, died in hospital the following day.

Mrs Castle, who had been joint-master since 2002 and secretary and treasurer of the hunt for 25 years prior, was a staunch supporter of hunting, who took up competitive dressage in her mid 70s.

“To have known Sheila in any capacity was a privilege and an experience,” said honorary secretary Susan Pennell. “She never stopped learning and developing her riding in old age.”