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Newport celebrates the year of the dog

By Jordan Reynolds | Telford entertainment | Published:

A market town's cobbled streets were brought alive with the sights, sounds and smells of China.

Chiwai and Lucy Luk in Newport as the town celebrates Chinese New Year

The main attraction at Newport's Chinese New Year celebrations was three huge colourful Chinese dragons.

Youngsters got their phones out for a selfie with the creations on Saturday, one of which the organisers rescues from being scrapped in Manchester before refurbishing.

One of the organisers, Lucy Luk, said she wanted to run the event so that children could celebrate Chinese culture in Shropshire.

The 30-year-old said: "We had a stage of performances which were put on by local community groups and a number of local stalls.

"People came to the event throughout the day.

"It was the year of the dog so people came out with their children and the dogs.

"Local schools sent children out as part of their homework and research ahead of doing more work on Chinese New Year in school next week."

Mrs Luk added: "Two of the dragons we imported from China and the biggest one we salvaged from being scrapped in Manchester.

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"All the children were asking when the dragons were going to come out, they were really excited to see them.

"We had stalls offering things from Vietnamese food, Chinese, Malaysian, and various people selling cakes but with a Chinese twist to it.

"All the children seemed to really really enjoy it, and it meant the children could see some Chinese culture.

"It was a family event that was focused on children. I did it for my children so they could see the festivities of Chinese New Year."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star covering Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

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