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Gypsy Fair in Cambridge successful at breaking down stereotypes

Cambridge, 25.10.2010 10:37, (Romea)

Milton Country Park in Cambridge held its first ever Gypsy and country fair over the weekend, with plenty of positive feed back from the local community.

Thousands of Gypsy families from across the country descended on the park to share in the festivities. According to Cambridge News, the even organizer, Candy Sheridan, a North Norfolk district councilor and member of the Gypsy council said that the weekend was a “huge success” and added that the fair was “not just supported by the Gypsy and Romany community, but the settled community too”.

She further noted that: “the main aim of fairs like these is to celebrate who we are and our culture and to break down the negative image that people have of gypsies”.

“By coming along to these events, the settled community can see that there is no reason to be scared of travellers, that we are positive people and that we have the right to be part of the community”.

Visitors to the fair were able to see a wide range of traditional rural practices and there were opportunities for people to get a hands- on oportunity with various Romany crafts. The report noted how beautiful Gypsy varta were on display, as well as horses and other animals that travellers had brought with them.

Chris Goodwin, a park ranger, expressed the hope that fair will become a regular event in the park calender and said that: “The atmosphere over the weekend has been so positive.We’ve had people of all walks of life coming together and learning more about each other, which is what the main aim of this fair is about” .

Nathalia Odwin, Cambridge News
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