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Celebrations have been taking place in Newcastle to mark Chinese New Year.

Thousands braved the cold and rain to bring in the Year of the Sheep and witness the traditional dragon dancing.

Stowell Street was packed out as the acrobatic display made its way from door to door.


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."