Meadow Coney-Hellawell tries on the Dragon Head. Get Your Dragon Head Selfie on Saturday!
On Saturday 28th January visitors to Marsden’s Mechanics Hall will be transported to far-away China as Friends of Marsden Library celebrate the start of the Chinese Year of the Rooster.
The festivities will begin at midday with the opportunity to sample dishes from a traditional Chinese Banquet, and continue until 3pm. Entry is free. Donations to support Friends of Marsden Library are welcome.
There will be many different activities, involving all the community. Visitors will be able to try their hand at Chinese Calligraphy and Cooking under the expert guidance of the He family (pictured left) from Marsden Chinese Takeaway, Fu Lin.
Children can help decorate the Chinese Dragon Head (get your Dragon Selfie), there will be puppet and mask making, and dancers from Marsden’s Bernadette Hays School of Theatre Dance will be performing.
The winners of the Chinese Year of the Rooster Art competition for local school children will be announced at the end of the event. (Entries can be submitted throughout).
The traditional Chinese New Year Banquet tasting menu, provided by Fu Lin, will include prawn sesame toasts, spring rolls and pork dumplings, vegetarian chow mein, chicken with green peppers and black bean sauce, egg fried rice, and a Chinese New Year cake.
Owner of Fu Lin, Michelle He said, “I’m absolutely delighted that Fu Lin is supporting Friends of Marsden Library with their Chinese New Year event. The Library is such an important part of the community, and it’s great that the Friends want to celebrate Chinese culture as well. I am sure it will be a huge success and look forward to introducing people to other aspects of Chinese culture as well as our great food!”
Sheila Bates of Friends of Marsden Library said: “We were looking for something a bit different for Marsden, something that would cheer up the January greyness, and give local families the chance to experience a different culture. Chinese New Year seemed to fit the bill exactly, and the idea has really taken off due to Michelle’s enthusiasm and the support of lots of volunteers. We are very grateful for the grant from ‘The Cuckoo’s Nest’ village charity shop which has helped us fund this event. We welcome visitors from the wider community around Huddersfield and Saddleworth. It promises to be an exciting family event.”