Venues have been announced for mass meets on “Declaration Day”, in which hunts from across England and Wales will gather to rally against the Hunting Bill.

The 12 meets, ranging from Caldbeck in Cumbria to Badminton in Gloucestershire, (pictured) will be held on 1 November at 10am, and aim to increase media attention on the Hunting Bill.

The north-east area will be meeting in Trimdon, Tony Blair’s home village. Countryside Alliance regional officer Richard Dodd says: “A supporter has offered 100 acres of land in the village for the gathering and we are expecting more than 1,000 supporters.”

Many will sign the Hunting Declaration at the mass meets. This commits signatories to refuse to co-operate with a hunting ban and then submit themselves to the legal consequences.

The alliance is extending the invitation to attend Declaration Day to all field sports supporters, as well as those who support the right to hunt as a basic freedom.

Simon Hart, chief executive of the alliance, explains: “The gatherings will give individuals the opportunity to make clear their intention to take part in a peaceful but committed civil disobedience, should a hunting ban be imposed.”

The CA, which has organised this event in conjunction with the Council of Hunting Associations, has arranged a hotline for all 12 areas.

For further information (tel: 01672 519) and then the correct extension number for the relevant area listed below:

  • East Midlands (Melton Aerodrome, ext: 510)
  • South-east (Lower Hayesden, Tonbridge, ext: 511)
  • Southern (Newbury Showground, ext: 512)
  • South-west (Honiton showground, ext: 513)
  • Wessex (Worcester Lodge, Badminton, ext: 514)
  • West Midlands (The Big Ham, Powick, Worcester, ext: 515)
  • Cumbria (Caldbeck, ext: 516)
  • North-east (Trimdon, ext: 517)
  • North (Birdsall, ext: 518)
  • North-west (Eaton Aerodrome, ext: 519)
  • East (Higham, ext: 520)
  • Wales (Builth Wells, ext: 521)
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