LIONS were spotted on the prowl in Woking town centre last week.
But there is no need to call the zoo- keeper as the colourful beasts were part of a roaring celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The Year of the Horse was welcomed with open arms thanks to the Chinese Association of Woking, who organised an authentic Far East party which survived the English downpours.
Martial Arts demonstrations cut distinctive shapes in the shelter of the Peacocks Shopping Centre food court, while young dancers brought grace and poise to a crowd teaming with excitement.
Local dignitaries also attended in the form of Woking Mayor Anne Roberts and MP Jonathan Lord, with the borough’s diverse tapestry burning bright once more. Stallholders were also out in force, selling Chinese snacks and crafts under the cover of Mercia Walk.
Chinese Association of Woking Chairman, Michelle Wong, said: “It has taken months to organise and involved around 80 different helpers, stallholders and performers.
“It was a highly successful event and we have received great feedback from local stores.
“We were watched by large numbers in the Peacocks and they were very appreciative of our performances.
“Everyone who performed was spectacular. I just want to say a big thank you to Woking Borough Council and Woking Shopping for all their support – everyone had a brilliant time.” People born in the Year of the Horse have ingenious communicating techniques and, in their community, they always want to be in the limelight.
They are typically clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career.
Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but also stubborn.
They like entertainment and large crowds, are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.