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Sidcup High Street celebrates Chinese New Year with community event

PUBLISHED: 09:08 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:43 15 February 2016

Sue Petty Chair of Sidcup Town Team Consortium receives a blessing from the Lion.

Sue Petty Chair of Sidcup Town Team Consortium receives a blessing from the Lion.

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The event was held on Saturday

Chinese calligraphy workshopChinese calligraphy workshop

Sidcup high street traders pulled together this weekend to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Celebrating entering the year of the monkey, Sidcup Town Team Consortium worked together with Chinese Community Gateway and Lollipop Events and Merton Court School to provide attractions including lion dances, a lucky money tree, Chinese calligraphy workshops, as well as crafting and face painting events.

Crowds gathered along the High Street on Saturday to celebrate the new year, with a range of fundraising activities put on to help raise money for.

During the day, children took part in craft events such as creating dragon masks and chinese hats.

Group photo in SidcupGroup photo in Sidcup

Chair of Sidcup Town Team Sue Petty said “Our goals are to build community and loyalty to Sidcup, ensuring the future of Sidcup Town Centre.

“Our events are designed to welcome all cultures, ages and abilities. We are delighted to be working with the Chinese Community Gateway to deliver this event.”

Tracey Gibson from online network Mum’s in the Know Bexley said: “We had a fabulous time at the Chinese New Year celebrations in Sidcup.

There were so many fantastic things going on and it was lovely seeing the community out together.”

Money raised during the event was donated to charities in China dedicated to supporting women in business and providing care for orphaned children.

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