A determination to keep hunting has seen the Oxfordshire-based Bicester hunt with Whaddon Chase opening new kennels three years after the Hunting Act.

More than 600 people gathered at the new complex at Stratton Audley on Friday, 30 May and cheered as Countryside Alliance (CA) president, Baroness Mallalieu QC, opened the new kennels.

She spoke of the “courage” shown by the hunt in completing the project in difficult times for hunting.

CA chief executive Simon Hart commented: “The Bicester’s belief that hunting will prosper despite the act shows great unity and belief.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (12 June, ’08)