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Walnuts Shopping Centre, Orpington, celebrates Chinese New Year

PUBLISHED: 11:32 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:24 21 February 2018

Chinese New Year celebrations at The Walnuts Shopping Centre, Bromley. Picture: The Walnuts

Chinese New Year celebrations at The Walnuts Shopping Centre, Bromley. Picture: The Walnuts

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The Chinese Year of the Dog arrived in Orpington on Sunday as The Walnuts Shopping Centre put on a special event.

A little boy in costume at The Walnuts event. Picture: The Walnuts A little boy in costume at The Walnuts event. Picture: The Walnuts

Chinese Lion Dancers performed to bestow “blessings” on the businesses in the shopping centre in the traditional way, accepting a lettuce in payment!

Children were treated to some free Chinese-inspired crafts and also received a lucky red envelope bearing a Chinese coin and red ribbon, another symbol of good fortune.

The centre encouraged people to bring their dogs to take part in the dog show and show off their talents or wardrobe in the Best Dressed Category.

The day also featured a tai chi demonstration, and a fire eater. The celebrations were finished off with a fireworks display. Former Mayor of Bromley Cllr Kim Botting attended.

The event also received invaluable advice and help from Gigi Chen, headteacher of Orpington Chinese Language School. A spokesman for Walnuts said: “We thank her for helping us provide an authentic flavour of Chinese celebrations.”

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