Scouts meet a dragon and sample the tastes of China

China in their hands - members of the 2nd Pinchbeck Scout Group enjoy their big night out. SG270115-174TW
China in their hands - members of the 2nd Pinchbeck Scout Group enjoy their big night out. SG270115-174TW
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Around 50 members of the 2nd Pinchbeck Scouts had a close encounter with a dragon when they had an early celebration for the Chinese New Year.

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts went to the China City restaurant in Winsover Road, Spalding, with their leaders.

As well as laying on a superb buffet, the restaurant displayed some traditional trappings of the New Year festivities – including a dragon, masks and a drum.

Group Scout leader Martha Cowper-Johnson said: “The Chinese New Year falls on February 19, during half-term when we don’t normally meet, so we were a little early.

“The children really enjoyed the food – most of the children tried something they hadn’t eaten before – and they liked playing with the dragon and banging the drum.”

• This will be the Year of the Goat or, more specifically the Wood Goat, which occurs once every 60 years and is associated with human warmth and empathy for the world at large.

According to Chinese astrology, people born in this year are at peace with their inner self and are happy to lead a quiet life out of the spotlight.

A tendency for self-improvement sees the Wood Goat working quietly and steadily towards their goals.

Photo (TIM WILSON): SG270115-174TW