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Chinese New Year celebrated in London

A dragon performance in Trafalgar Square

Groups of performers from China are taking part in Chinese New Year celebrations in the centre of London.

The ceremony marks the Year of the Tiger, which began on 14 February.

Two groups are performing dance, music and acrobatics after the opening ceremony, which had been held in Trafalgar Square.

In a specially-decorated Chinatown, there are stalls and dance displays, with fireworks in Leicester Square to close the celebrations.

Mr Leslie Ng, President of the London Chinatown Chinese Association, said: "Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy London's Chinese New Year celebrations, which have become a real highlight in the capital's calendar of events.

"It's an opportunity to celebrate and experience Chinese culture, and to see what Chinatown offers - not just during Chinese New Year, but all year round."

The event began at noon and ends at 1800 GMT.

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