The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 6 February 2012

Kilmarnock celebrates Chinese New Year “The Year of the Dragon”

Dragons were on the loose in Kilmarnock Town Centre drawing crowds of shoppers as local school pupils joined in celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon.

[Pictured: East Ayrshire Council Provost Stephanie Young (right) with Kuloc Chinese Association chairperson Thomas Ho.]

The event was organised by the Kuloc Chinese Association in partnership with East Ayrshire Council. Pupils from Grange Academy participated in the Dragon dance and other East Ayrshire pupils sang the Friendship Song. Thereafter there was a display with the dragons and Lion from the Glasgow Hong Look Dragon and Lion dancing Troupe.

Provost Stephanie Young said: “Good weather and a great turnout made all the preparations for this auspicious date in the Chinese calendar worthwhile. It was great to see the spectacular dragon dance and really celebrate the strong links that Kuloc have built in our community.

“I’ve had the great pleasure to work in partnership with Thomas Ho and Kuloc on many occasions during my tenure as Provost of East Ayrshire Council and they have always been extremely supportive of my charity appeals, taking part and contributing to fundraising at every opportunity.

“Today we’ve been joined by pupils from East Ayrshire to enjoy and take part in this colourful spectacle. Together with the huge success of the Mandarin classes on offer through Grange Academy at the “Confucius Hub” for Ayrshire and the many activities offered by Kuloc, our cultural links with the Chinese community in East Ayrshire are going from strength to strength.”

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