Gypsies arrive in Gloucester park and tell us how much they love the city

A Romani gypsy from the large camp that has pitched up in a Gloucester park says his family loves staying in the area. Earlier today 10 adults and six children from the Price family brought three caravans, three trucks, six chickens and four dogs onto the boating green in Westgate Park, near Westgate Street. Scrap metal worker Mr Price, 43, who did not give his first name, hopes his family can stay on the Gloucester City Council-owned land for at least a week.

The father-of-nine said: “My wife is having another baby in eight weeks. We’re trying not to travel too much so she can have a rest.

Caravans in Westgate Park

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“My truck has broken down too and I need to sort it out, so a week here would be ideal. “We love staying in this city.

It has very friendly people. We don’t really get complaints in Gloucester[1].

One of Mr Price’s children

“I find the closer to London you go, the quicker you get moved on. You only get two or three days in some places, but in Gloucestershire[2] you get a week.”

North Wales-born Mr Price says he prefers to be called a Romani gypsy than a traveller, because he is proud of his heritage.

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He plans to put any rubbish in bin bags and leave it for the council to collect.

One of the caravans in Westgate Park

Mr Price added: “Every morning I pick up the litter around the caravans and keep things a bit tidy.” He enjoys setting up camp in Cheltenham and Gloucester, but said stays in many other areas, including Nottingham and Norfolk, have led to trouble. “You get some towns where they throw stones at you and call you a gypo and a pikey,” he said.

“The children don’t see it too much. You try and keep them away from it.

One of the Price family caravans

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“We have tried living in a house but we don’t fit in with the settled community. We tried to settle down in a house in Bedfordshire but it wasn’t nice.”

Mr Price revealed a right-wing organisation found out the family’s Romani gypsy background during this period and threw bleach on his children’s clothes. He says there was no lasting damage to their health. His five boys and four girls are aged between two and 21.

There are several propane tanks and children’s toys on the green.

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Asked if travelling can be a challenging way of life, Mr Price said: “I have been doing it all my life. You get used to it. “It’s a nomadic life.

I don’t want to settle down in a house. That’s like sticking a wild bird in a cage. It’s my culture.

“I was the last one in my family to be born in a wagon.

It was all hospitals after that.”

The council has been approached for comment.

References

  1. ^ Gloucester (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Gloucestershire (gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

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