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“I am 13 and I never went to school. He’s 14 and he’s never been to school. They’re saying we’re being bad. We’re not bad people.”
Margaret explains: “They’re horrible to us. We’re not dogs, we’re human beings as well.”
Paddy – who found fame on Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and was the winner of CBB 8 in 2011 – reveals that childhood can be tough for gypsy kids.
“Children are expected to grow up fast,” he says. “Little girls like my sisters would learn to clean and cook meals by the age of four and boys worked from seven. We lived adult lives. “We didn’t mix with non-travellers, in fact we hated them.” He adds that big families are commonplace: “I have about 23 grandchildren, I lose count! We do like them to have fun and play too. “I put on the Gypsy Factor talent show recently where all the community showed us their talents, there were some great performers – most of them young ’uns. “It’s not easy for traveller kids and some of them are bullied in school so don’t want to go back. We do try to maintain gender roles. Margaret always has a chamois in her hand ready to scrub the floor and she drags me home from the bar when I’ve had too much booze.
“But she can marry whoever she wants, I do believe youngsters these days should have a choice.”
But Margaret has more pressing issues than finding a husband.
As filming continues we see her family living on the grounds of a council estate with no running water – she makes daily trips to a local graveyard to fill up water tanks.
Then suddenly bailiffs turn up to evict them, something which costs British councils £18million a year.
One of the men tells the bailiffs: “You’re gonna have to get cranes to get us out of here.” Margaret’s cousin Sonny says: “It’s alright for them. They can go back to their warm houses. We have to keep moving on.”
These kids have experienced many evictions and are no longer afraid to fight back. When the police arrive and arrests are made the girls start screaming. One girl says: “If you’re gonna take that pick-up (truck), I’m coming along with you to smash it.”
While Margaret adds: “Yeah and I’m gonna smash it on the back of your brain.”
Three of the girls, including Margaret, sit in their truck – meaning the police are powerless to take it away.
They taunt the officers, saying: “You big eejit. “You big fools. You dossers. “We are the p **** s, we do what we likey.”
But eventually their parents strike a deal – and they agree to move on again peacefully.
Until next time.
BIG FAMILIES: Margaret and Paddy ®Ê THE YELLOW PERIL? Ellie-May, left, and, right, being made up for the talent show. Below, brave Sheri-Anne riding stood up