Going ape CHINESE NEW YEAR:
Chesham sees in the year of the monkey
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