Kenneth Green

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THE skills demonstrated by Kenneth Green made him an exceptional Huntsman during the 21 years he served the Colne Valley Beagles in that capacity.

Mr Green, who has died at the age of 80, was the only son of Norman and Lottie Green, and lived all his life in the Lindley area of Huddersfield.

In 1964, he married Julia Berry whose father Donald had been the first Huntsman of the Colne Valley Beagles.

The couple loved animals, and always kept Jack Russells and ferrets.

Mr Green worked as a window cleaner, helped by his wife who would hold the ladder for him and point out the bits he had missed. He was also much sought after as a mole catcher with local farmers and landowners calling on his services.

Window cleaning and mole catching, however, always took second place to hunting and his active involvement with the local Colne Valley hunt. He attended meets regularly from the age of 12, equipped with his homemade whip fashioned from the cut-down handle of his grandfather’s walking stick and three plaited boot laces.

In those days, the pack consisted of foot harriers, and when he was 14, he became whipper-in to huntsman Frank Teasdale, his mentor and hero.

Once, when Mr Teasdale was away, his young disciple took over his role, and the meet proved very successful, with an abundance of hares on the old South Crosland estate.

In 1951, circumstances led to the harriers being replaced by beagles, with Mr Berry being appointed as huntsman and Mr Green as whipper-in.

That position later became permanent, lasting 21 years.

As well as hunting the hare, to the consternation of the older followers Mr Green and his whipper-in Malcolm Hawkswell were more than ready occasionally to “get away on a fox”.

Mr Green had his own way of doing things, and at the end of the day when he blew for home, the hounds would sit around him in a complete circle, a unique demonstration of obedience.

Thanks to his breeding skills, the showing season brought a succession of triumphs, the Beagles winning numerous trophies and rosettes. In 1966, Ransom, a superb bitch in both her looks and work, won the coveted Rydal Plate.

Mr Green stood down as huntsman in 1972, but continued to be an active follower of the hunt until ill health prevented him attending meets.

Nevertheless, he maintained a keen interest, ringing the kennels every Saturday teatime to receive a full and detailed report of the day’s activities.

Mr Green is survived by his wife Julia.