PROTESTERS will turn up at a Herefordshire town's controversial Boxing Day hunt meet after their 37,000 strong petition was seemingly snubbed by the council.

A total of 37,633 people have signed the petition against the road closure for the Ledbury Hunt planning to hold its annual meet in the town centre.

The petition, started by a group called Ledbury Anti Fox Hunt, called on Herefordshire Council's highways department not to grant the road closure needed for the event to take place.


A spokesperson for the Hereford Hunt Sabs said Herefordshire Council have granted a road closure for the "criminal" Ledbury Hunt to hold their Boxing Day (December 26) meet in Ledbury.

"There will be a protest so come on down," said the spokesperson.

The protest will take place at 9.30am to 11am in High Town when the hunt meets.


A parish meeting will be held in the New Year to allow members of the public to have their say on the issue.

Last year, the meet took place on December 27 and saw security needed to keep apart supporters and protestors.

A spokesperson for the Ledbury Hunt said: “We urge that anybody who is taking part in the protest does so peacefully without deliberately attempting to frighten the hounds, horses or the hundreds and hundreds of local people who come out to enjoy the day with their families whilst supporting local businesses.”

We have approached the town council for a comment.