Go­ing ape CHI­NESE NEW YEAR:

Che­sham sees in the year of the mon­key

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

CHI­NA­TOWN came to Che­sham at the week­end as part of an an­nual event to cel­e­brate Chi­nese new ear.

The fourth an­nual Chi­na­town in Che­sham event, or­gan­ised by the Mac fam­ily who own Bei­jing Gourmet in Mar­ket Square, took place on Satur­day.

As well as the usual mar­ket traders sell­ing jew­ellery, crafts, fur­ni­ture and hot food, the Bei­jing Gourmet pro­vided tasty tra­di­tional Chi­nese fare.

The an­nual Lion Dance was per­formed at noon by the Clock Tower, per­formed by The James Uglow Lion Group.

Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son dressed up, as his pre­de­ces­sor may­ors have done, in a Chi­nese cos­tume while he ‘ dot­ted the eyes’ of the Lion.

Ev­ery­one was also in­vited to take part in a fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion with the theme be­ing ‘signs of the Chi­nese zodiac’ – this year is the year of the Fire Mon­key.

Chiltern Voice FM, a new com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion for Che­sham, Amer­sham and Great Mis­senden, also held its live launch event at Chi­na­town in Che­sham, go­ing live on 87.9FM at 10am.

The sta­tion goes off air on Sun­day evening.

Or­gan­iser of Chi­na­town in Che­sham Ai Van Mac said: “What a fan­tas­tic day Chi­na­town in Che­sham was, and to have done it along­side the live launch of Chiltern Voice FM! Amaz­ing and truly mem­o­rable!

“On be­half of The Mac and Bei­jing Gourmet fam­ily, I would like to ex­press our grat­i­tude for all who came out, de­spite the rain, to help cel­e­brate the Lu­nar New Year of the Fire Mon­key!

“Ev­ery year, a lot of hard work goes into the or­gan­i­sa­tion of this com­mu­nity event and ev­ery year we see why we con­tinue this tra­di­tion now; the smiles and laugh­ter on ev­ery­one’s faces is the sole rea­son!”

The event was spon­sored by Chiltern District Coun­cil, Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son, Che­sham’s deputy mayor Noel Brown, County Coun­cil­lor Mark Shaw, Che­sham Ro­tary Club and USA Di­a­mond Nails.

The fam­ily is plan­ning to hold the event again next year.

Brav­ing the rain: Hun­dreds took to the streets to watch as the lion danced through the show­ers to mark the Chi­nese New Year

Feed­ing time: Mayor of Che­sham Peter Hud­son feeds the lion a let­tuce at the cel­e­bra­tions

Nails or claws?: Clients at a nail bar got a sur­prise visit from a lion

PIC­TURES: JON MIKOL BE160412

Tuned in: From left, Toby Flei­d­ner, Char­lotte Nor­ris. Emily Cul­ver­house, Jane Dodd and Caro­line Hill from com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion Chiltern Voice

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