The third of five episodes in the My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series explores the clear and defined roles of young men and women in the gypsy and traveller community, and reveals attitudes toward education, marriage and domestic violence. Both sexes tend to leave school early, the boys to work and the girls to get married. As 18 year old Irish Traveller Lizzie prepares to get the married and leave the family trailer her 13 year old sister Margaret is lined up to take over her role, leaving school to help at home and care for her younger siblings. 16 year old Noreen bucks the trend; she does not want to live the life of a traditional traveller wife and has a job. She can also can read and write which is not the case for a large number of her peers. 16 year old Martin Tom visits Appleby Fair with the intention of "grabbing" a Traveller girl. He reveals that the strict rules of conduct are not the same for both sexes. And Bridget who unusually for a traveller woman left her husband after suffering domestic violence prepares for her daughter's wedding with mixed emotions.moreless
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