Horn blower signals the off for coaching procession

It takes an hour a day of practice to keep the lip muscles toned enough to play a coaching horn, according to hornblower Richard Bamford.

And this weekend, he needs them toned as he is called upon to sound the traditional driving signals for today's Royal Magazine Meet in London.

Mr Bamford, the farmer behind Ingfield Farm Shop at Southowram, Halifax, is the regular hornblower to Bill Ginns, the president of the Coaching Club of Great Britain and will be aboard his coach for the procession which starts from the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.