More than 600 people have attended a memorial service for Lord Somerleyton – a lifelong supporter of hunting, eventing, pointing and the Pony Club – who died last month, aged 83.

Lord Somerleyton dedicated many years of service to the monarchy and was appointed Master of Horse in 1991, one of the three great offices of state.

Closer to home, he served as master of the Waveney Harriers and was district commissioner of the hunt’s branch of the Pony Club.

He hosted Somerleyton Horse Trials on his Suffolk estate for many years.

His son, the Hon Hugh Crossley, said: “Dad was an estate man, a countryman and, most of all, a great Englishman.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (23 February 2012)