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When you match 4 balls + Thun­der­ball on The Na­tional Lot­tery’s Thun­der­ball game WITH a spray tan, heavy make-up and dressed in a glitzy se­quined out­fit, Ellie-May glides across the stage. She looks ev­ery inch the child beauty queen and has the daz­zling smile to boot. But this isn’t any or­di­nary tal­ent con­test – and be­hind her ear-to-ear grin lies a se­cret story rarely un­der­stood by the public. Ellie-May, aged just eight, is one of hun­dreds of Bri­tain’s gypsy kids who live in car­a­vans, then move on ev­ery few weeks to some­where new.


And now we can get an un­prece­dented look into their ex­tra­or­di­nary and of­ten ex­tremely pri­vate lives.

From mov­ing 30 times in six months, to never go­ing to school and com­pet­ing in their very own con­test, The Gypsy Fac­tor, life for these young girls is a rollercoaster.

Ellie-May is lucky that her fam­ily love to splash out on ex­pen­sive dresses and take her to com­pete in shows.

She spends hours at home in her car­a­van watch­ing pop star videos and per­fect­ing her rou­tines for each show around do­ing the house­work and help­ing her mother.

For trav­eller kids, life isn’t al­ways so glam youn

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