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While it may look like an impromptu violent outbreak on a stretch of tarmac, the fights are so pre-arranged, there's even a 'fair play' referee to enforce a strict set of rules. Explaining the rules, community leader Paddy Doherty said: 'A fight could last five minutes or two hours. you've got to fight till you drop.'
After attending the christening, Paddy was asked by the TV crew if he could be filmed pushing his new godchild's pram around and he refused. Insisting no man would be seen with a pushchair or pram, he declared it would be an 'embarrassment'.
During her five years at the hotel, Violet kept her traveller identity a secret from her manager Sunni - only telling them the truth on her last day of work. After she declares: 'I'm gonna live in a caravan... I am a gypsy,' a stunned Sunni said: 'You are..? Bl**dy hell... eh? Shocked me there a little bit. Everybody's got the pre-judgment. It's changed my opinion of gypsies if they're settled. In a work environment you can't have people moving on. She's always been reliable and dealt with the guest efficiently.'
Poor healthcare provisions contribute to a shorter life expectancy for travellers. Shocking statistics show over half of travellers do not reach the age of 50.
So I suppose there is good and bad, but unfortunately it is the bad that most people see, and sadly there are large numbers of them who have no respect and will continue to cause problems.
The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain has said its members are ‘extremely disappointed and angry’ about the show’s portrayal of the community’s way of life and has called for a right of reply.
We are hearing about the deep sense of embarrassment and shame many have been left with by such a narrow, misrepresentative and unjust portrayal of their community and culture.
Others have suggested that travellers have been given an easy ride on the show with no analysis of where their money is coming from - and some of them have had their faces obscured.
The series has also drawn complaints from Romany Gypsies who said the show suggests most travellers in Britain are Irish even though only 10 per cent of the community is actually from Ireland, according to the Travellers’ Times website.
Even the show’s name is wrong. Most of the families on the show are Irish Travellers, not gypsies. Gypsies are English.