Langley Moor Primary School partner Chinese Lion

Children from Langley Moor Primary School will be helping the City of Durham welcome in the Year of the Pig, by participating in the Traditional Lion Dance which winds its way around the city centre as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Sifu Shaka Brown of Oceans Apart Kung Fu Club wanted to involve children in this year’s performance, and the children of Langley Moor Primary School have stepped up to the challenge, with encouragement from their teacher, Mrs Clare Magrath. The children have been working with Shaka to prepare for the events in Durham on Saturday 9th February. As well as creating colourful flags for the start of the procession and decorating two lion’s heads constructed by Shaka, they have learned some basic dance moves, and will be taking turns to perform with the lion at each venue.

Colin Wilkes, the Managing Director of Durham Markets who organises the Lion Dance in Durham City Centre, commented: “I’ve been watching the rehearsals and preparations, and the children are loving being immersed in a different culture, and its traditional events, especially such a vibrant, colourful and loud event.”

Shaka added: “It’s been a real pleasure to work with these children, and we’re sure that on the day their families will be very proud of how much they’ve achieved in a short space of time. The Lion Dance is a complex martial art routine, and we’re delighted that the children have learned and practiced their moves, and are working well as a team. They will be a great addition to this year’s Chinese New Year Lion Dances in Durham City Centre.”

This year, the ever-popular Lion Dance will start in Millennium Place at 12.30pm where Councillor John Lethbridge, Mayor of Durham, will be responsible for catching the lettuce and ensuring good luck for the city for the coming 12 months. It will then process through the streets performing in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, on Elvet Bridge and Framwellgate Bridge and in Durham Market Place, before visiting Clayport Library and finally Walkergate and its restaurants.