Shopping hall’s call-out for goat to join dancing lion!

PUBLISHED: 16:35 30 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:35 30 January 2015

Lilian Longhurst - 8 and goat

Lilian Longhurst - 8 and goat


Those who saw a tweet from Romford Shopping Hall asking if it could borrow a goat may have thought they were going baaa-rmy.

But, managers at the Romford centre were not kidding around – they are appealing for any willing goat owners to come forward and help the centre’s Chinese New Year celebrations go with a bang.

While not the most conventional party guests these curious and intelligent creatures will be the perfect addition to see in the Chinese Year of the Goat.

On February 14 any willing goats will join a colourful, dancing lion who will be prancing through the shopping hall, in Market Place, every hour between 11am and 4pm.

Michelle Fitzgibbons, sales and marketing manager at the shopping hall, said: “We would love to find Havering residents who own a pet goat to join in the fun!

“Each year this event grows in numbers due to the fact children can get up close to the lion and have photos taken with him and learn about some of the Chinese traditions at this exciting time of year.”

Visitors to the celebration will be able to have photographs with the lion (and fingers crossed a goat) and all children will be given a free lucky envelope.

The last year of the Goat was 2003. Those born under the zodiac sign are thought to share traits with the horned creatures.

Attributes associated with the animals are peace-loving, kind and helpful but also resistant to change.

Don’t forget if you own a goat get in contact with Michelle she would love to hear from you on 01708 740492.

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