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orous, and they are put to work from a g age. nine-year-old, Mar­garet – who is from ish trav­eller fam­ily and is the grand­hter of Celebrity Big Brother win­ner y Do­herty – used to live on a site in North s. Her fam­ily then moved to Birminin Fe­bru­ary but have been moved on es since then. lit­tle girl says: “It’s not fair. How would ike to keep on mov­ing places? We’ve been nd the whole world and no one us. There has to be a rea­son why they like us. It’s not fair. s very up­set­ting. Peo­ple need to un­der­how we are. We don’t steal, we don’t thing like that.” rgaret ex­plains that at­ti­tudes to­wards y fam­i­lies like hers are not favourable. cially when just be­fore ng starts for the doc­u­men­tary po­lice ed the fam­ily from rounds of the lo­cal l where they made up­ils miss a day’s ation. Mar­garet’s n Brid­gete isn’t very athetic, telling the Chan­nel 5 cam­eras: “They’re miss­ing one day. We’re miss­ing a life­time of school.

“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

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