The 16th March was the 150th anniversary of RS Surtees’ death. In honour of that we asked the Masters of the Braes of Derwent, who hunt Surtees’ country, to bring hounds to Hamsterley Hall – his ancestral home – for a lawn meet. After a hunting breakfast at Auckland Castle we had a delightful woodland day and first draw was the Handley Cross bridge!
We had our Goose and Dumpling Dinner back at the Castle there – in the room where the famous Zurbaran paintings hang – and Alastair Martin spoke very amusingly after dinner. The next morning, after a Service at RS Surtees’ grave we had lunch at the famous Bowes Museum where Vice Chairman of the Society, Lord Charles Cecil, spoke to much acclaim about RS Surtees.