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Newcastle celebrates Chinese New Year

The dragon dance was a major part of the event. Credit: PA
Thousands of people gathered throughout the day. Credit: PA
The dragon dance is a traditional Chinese festivity. Credit: PA
The celebrations were to welcome in the Year of the Horse. Credit: PA

Chinese New Year has been celebrated in Newcastle city centre.

Thousands of people gathered in Chinatown for a day of events and performances. The spectacle featured a dragon dance and man other festivities to welcome the Year of the Horse.

Carol Bell, from the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which organised the event, said: "Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm from the Chinese community in the region,everyone can... learn more about the fascinating culture and heritage of our Chinese residents."