VIDEO: West Norfolk welcomes in Chinese New Year

Events have been held around West Norfolk to mark the dawning of the Chinese New Year.

The year of the rooster was celebrated in Lynn and Downham on Friday morning, where crowds of schoolchildren enjoyed the spectacle of the lion dance performed by the James Uglow Lion Group.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance on the Town Square in Downham Market, with pupils from Town Schools etc

Chinese New Year Lion Dance on the Town Square in Downham Market, with pupils from Town Schools etc

With the beat of a drum and a dancing dragon, the Vancouver Quarter welcomed in the Chinese New Year in style.

A dragon performed on Baxter’s Plain (near Argos and Costa) to herald in the Year of the Rooster.

Downham’s celebrations, which took place in the town square, have become a popular fixture on the town’s calendar over the past decade.

Scores of youngsters from Hillcrest Primary School and the Nelson Academy crowded round the square to watch the show.

The James Uglow Lion Dance group perform for school children in the Vancouver Quarter to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The James Uglow Lion Dance group perform for school children in the Vancouver Quarter to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Hillcrest pupils also brought along lanterns they had made ahead of the event.

Town mayor Marion Ross said: “It’s well established. They learn about the Chinese New Year in the schools.”

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.

The James Uglow Lion Dance group perform for school children in the Vancouver Quarter to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The James Uglow Lion Dance group perform for school children in the Vancouver Quarter to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance on the Town Square in Downham Market, with pupils from Town Schools etc

Chinese New Year Lion Dance on the Town Square in Downham Market, with pupils from Town Schools etc