THE sun’s emergence after days of rain and cloud came just in time for the traditional New Year's Day hunt at Thornton-le-Dale.

About 200 people turned up to see the colourful spectacle as the Derwent Hunt set off from The Hall in the village near Pickering.

Chloe Dixon, who works as a barmaid at the pub, said about 50 riders and 30 hounds took part.

The hunt traditionally meets every New Year's Day at The Hall, having done so since it was founded in 1808 by Richard Johnson Hill, who lived there and kenelled the hounds there.