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THE Chinese New Year was celebrated in style at Southampton’s WestQuay shopping centre yesterday. Hundreds of shoppers stopped to join the Chinese community in welcoming the Year of the Snake.

The event embaced the Chinese New Year with the world with performances from the Indian community, a modern English choir and martial arts displays. The event was again organised by the Chinese Association of Southampton, with Southampton mayor, Cllr Derek Burke, and city MPs, John Denham and Alan Whitehead among the crowd.