THE traditional New Year outing for the Derwent Hunt proved to be of the best attended in recent years thanks to perfect winter weather conditions.

The hunt, one of many throughout the region yesterday, saw about 50 horses and riders set out from Thornton-le-Dale in dry sunny conditions which also attracted a number of on-lookers.

Hunt master Sean McClarron, said: "We had a great day. Obviously last year the weather stopped play completely so I would think this has been the best turnout for a lot of years.

"A great day was had by all," he said.