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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Season 2 Episode 6

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 2012 on Channel 4
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In this episode we witness a community at a cross roads, as the battle to preserve the gypsy and traveller way of life intensifies. Will the future tear their culture apart, or do they have a place together in the modern world? 17 year old Irish traveller Freda is planning her hen-do and wedding. Having moved from a sit when she was two years old, she has grown up happily alongside non-travellers in a quiet street in Wrexham. But she feels strongly about maintaining her traveller roots and once she is married intends to go travelling in the caravan that is waiting in the front garden. At Dale farm, after 10 years of court battles, eviction approaches for 80 families. The inhabitants remain defiant, insisting they will receive hate mail if forced to mix with mainstream society. Romany gypsy Billy Welch is determined to protect his people's right to hold a horse fair each year in Appleby, a right which he feels is under threat from a prejudice society. After making it clear to the police that his people will not stand for any trouble, he is given a police-escort to his granddaughter's first holy communion. Billy's son, Johnson, is going on what he calls 'the spring break for travellers' - a weekend at the Ebor festival at York races, which attracts gypsies and travellers from around the country. We witness the tension between gypsies and non-travellers, which often occurs when large groups go out together. We return to the traveller haven of Rathkeale which erupts into multi colours as Irish traveller Chantelle returns from travelling abroad with her parents to celebrate her wedding to first cousin Jim. Meanwhile Irish traveller Noreen makes her first visit to Rathkeale and is amazed to find so many travellers in one place, 'like Dale Farm with houses.moreless
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