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Princess Anne to launch new gypsy website

Edinburgh, 9.3.2007 11:36, (Edinburgh Evening News)

YOUNG gypsies and travellers will be chatting to the Princess Royal in Edinburgh today as they launch a new website aimed at tackling discrimination.

Princess Anne, president of Save the Children, was set to unveil the "Time Travellers" website at Dynamic Earth this afternoon. The charity has been working with the youngsters on the project for the past 18 months, after receiving a £23,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is aimed at promoting understanding and awareness of gypsy and traveller culture in Scotland.

Youth groups around Scotland have been researching and writing the site,,  which includes photographs, interviews and sections on history and modern culture.

Donna Lawrie, Save the Children youth development worker, said: "The young people have worked so hard putting this resource together to promote the history and cultural traditions of an ethnic group who have been discriminated against for centuries."

Shantelle, 15, from Edinburgh, said: "We want to show them what we're really like and get some more positive feedback.

"A lot of travellers get bullied at school, so I don't really talk about it very much. People don't understand us."

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