HUNTSMEN and women have attempted to show their lighter side by dressing up in pantomime costumes.

Members of York and Ainsty South Hunt dressed up as characters from Cinderella for a drag hunt at Crayke, near Easingwold, North Yorkshire.

David Tesseyman, from the hunt's committee, said: "We have just been trying to get rid of the negative stigma that can be attached to hunting - trying to destroy the myth. Most of the pantomime cast were on horseback. The hunt was fantastic; children were waving at us from passing cars and there were about 150 people in attendance. The hunting ban is still in place, but we can still hunt within the law. These aren't nasty people, they are willing to have fun."

The event came after hunt members staged Cinderella in Elvington.