Roaring New Year performance in Leeds

HAPPY NEW YEAR: Leeds shoppers enjoy the traditional lion dance. PIC: Tony Johnson
HAPPY NEW YEAR: Leeds shoppers enjoy the traditional lion dance. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Leeds’ Briggate was filled with colourful performances and free samples of noodles to celebrate Chinese New Year yesterday. (Feb 16)

The shopping street came alive as the Leeds Chinese Community Association performed traditional Chinese lion dances.

As part of the celebrations, Yorkshire brand Naked Noodle handed out some 4,000 pots of noodles to Leeds shoppers who had stopped to enjoy the show.

A further Chinese New Year celebration will take place tomorrow at Leeds Town Hall from 11.30am to 3.30pm. There will be dancing, music, calligraphy, martial arts, foos stalls, crafts and beauty. Earlier this week, Welcome to Yorkshire revealed there has been a huge increase in the number of Chinese visitors to our county. Research by Visit Britain shows there were 20,000 Chinese visitors in 2016 – a 122 per cent increase since 2012.