IN PICTURES: Year of the Monkey welcomed in

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CHINESE New Year was welcomed in with a colourful display in Preston city centre.

Crowds gathered on Saturday afternoon to watch three dragons dance from the Harris Museum to the Flag Market, along with tai chi demonstrations, as the year of the monkey began.

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Dragon dancing at Flag Market
Families jion in with arts, crafts inside Harris Museum and watch dragon dancing at the Flag Market, part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Preston city centre.

LEP - PRESTON - 13-02-16 Dragon dancing at Flag Market Families jion in with arts, crafts inside Harris Museum and watch dragon dancing at the Flag Market, part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Preston city centre.

Inside the Harris Museum, Preston Council also put on a host of free family workshops, including how to use chopsticks, calligraphy and Chinese brush-painting classes.

The Long Walk Chinese Ensemble - a five piece traditional music group - kept the tempo up with three 30 minute performances.