Two year old Arthur the sheep from Ballynahinch won a nationwide search for a sheep to front the Chinese Welfare Association’s celebrations of the Chinese New Year, which is the year of the sheep.
Arthur made his entrance into the innovative T13 Warehouse in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast, with Caolan and Caomhe Wong where the Chinese New Year event will take place on Sunday, 22 February.
Key press and VIPs were invited to the launch and enjoyed a fusion of Chinese and Irish traditions, including lunch from China China in Belfast.
William Olphert, managing director of The Chinese Welfare Association says: “We’re really looking forward to bringing ancient Chinese culture into the more modern, quirky T13 venue for the first time.
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the taster event, which included food from China China restaurant and members from The China Breeze Dance Class who, along with other premium Chinese brands, will be showcasing at the main Chinese New Year Celebrations on Sunday, 22nd February. Though the star attraction at the launch was two year old Arthur the Sheep from Ballynahinch, as he made his modelling deb-ewe!”
Judy Maxwell, from the Spa Road Ballynahinch, who owns Arthur, says: “I was so proud of Arthur and he enjoyed all the attention. I was so chuffed that he was picked to model as I am so passionate about my sheep. He behaved immaculately and this will hopefully kick off more modelling for him! Arthur was delighted that China China restaurant only served guests chicken and beef curry and there was no lamb on the menu!”
The Chinese New Year Event at T13 takes place on Sunday, 22 February from 12PM – 5PM. Tickets priced £2 (£1 Concession) or family pass for £5 available at the door or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Check out The Chinese Welfare Association website or FB for more details www.cwa.ni.org or ChineseWelfareAssociationNI