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After the disappointment of last year with all packs showing at the Great Yorkshire Show 2013 not being allowed to show for six weeks because of kennel cough it was good to be back at Peterborough for The Festival of Hunting on 16 July. This is the show of the year and the atmosphere was again electric with ten Old English packs showing.

The day began with the dog hounds with Porrick, walked by Mrs Lynn Walker winning the Unentered Class. The couple of hounds did not take the judges eye but Alnwick, walked by Mrs Betty Robson, one of our longest serving walkers, did and won a strong Stallion Hound Class with Clinker, walked by our Hunt Secretary Mrs Emma Howie,  coming second. The Dog Hound Championship followed which Alnwick duly took much to everyone’s delight.   
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Lunch for thirty Percy supporters followed in grand style courtesy of my mother and her band of helpers.

In the afternoon we again did extremely well with the Bitch Hounds coming second in the Unentered Class with Alias, walked by Mrs Lynn Walker. We won the Entered Couple Class with Lightening, walked by my parents and Litmus, walked by Mrs Annette Grey, we also won the Brood Bitch Class with Alaska also taking fourth with Poet, the kennel favourite, walked by Mrs Annette Grey.

Alaska walked by our amateur Whip, Mr Allan Morris took the Bitch Championship.

What a day winning both Championships, the first time we have done that and at Peterborough, something not many packs achieve. I was so pleased, all the hard work paying off. It was very pleasing that two of our Masters, Lady Victoria Percy and Mr Michael Hutchinson were there to see along with Mrs Julia Bucknall, Mr Bucknall being away in China. 

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Percy Alaska - Old English Bitch Hound Champion

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Lady Victoria Percy with Robert McCarthy

Report by Robert McCarthy