Young and old celebrate Chinese Year of the Monkey

Barrow Primary School  Chinese New Year event, attended by mayor Patrick Chung.'Pupils recieve money for good luck.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160302-212339009
Barrow Primary School Chinese New Year event, attended by mayor Patrick Chung.'Pupils recieve money for good luck.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160302-212339009
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Residents young and old across West Suffolk have been celebrating the Chinese New Year with a variety of colourful activities.

As it is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar, children at Barrow and Tollgate Primary Schools enjoyed a range of creative craft and food themed events .

Barrow Primary School  Chinese New Year event, attended by mayor Patrick Chung.'Rose Coldwell.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160302-212433009

Barrow Primary School Chinese New Year event, attended by mayor Patrick Chung.'Rose Coldwell.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160302-212433009

They explored the story of China’s endangered Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey.

The schools, which are part of the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust, also welcomed Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Patrick Chung.

He shared his experiences of Chinese New Year and handed out traditional lucky money envelopes in a special assembly.

Meanwhile, staff at Willows Residential Home, in Lawshall, donned traditional costume and even put on a monkey costume for their celebrations.

Tollgate Primary School Chinese New Year.'KS 1 children with their monkey art.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160702-234305009

Tollgate Primary School Chinese New Year.'KS 1 children with their monkey art.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160702-234305009

There was Chinese food, authentic music and residents received the traditional red money envelopes.

It was led by activity organisers Elaine Stewart and Jane Newman, who set up workshops for residents to make Chinese hats and lanterns.

Margaret Holt, manager at the home, said: “We tried to do it as authentically as we possibly could and everybody enjoyed it.

“They went around to everybody in their rooms so nobody was left out.”

Tollgate Primary School Chinese New Year.'Leighton Gale, Paige Chapman and Isobel Fieldsend year 3/4'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160702-234327009

Tollgate Primary School Chinese New Year.'Leighton Gale, Paige Chapman and Isobel Fieldsend year 3/4'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160702-234327009

Willows Care Home in Lawshall were celebrating Chinese New Year''Pictured: Elaine Stewart with resident Ethel Latchford ANL-160802-160546009

Willows Care Home in Lawshall were celebrating Chinese New Year''Pictured: Elaine Stewart with resident Ethel Latchford ANL-160802-160546009