Family is always around to give you help if you need it.

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Portrait of Aunt Mary, a Gypsy elder

Aunt Mary's background

Gypsies have always had to be enterprising and adapt to the changing world around them.

Aunt Mary says: "When I was young, after the war, we made paper flowers and we would sell them around the pit houses. Sometimes the miners' wives would invite us in and offer us a bit of dinner but you could not go around knocking on doors now."

Still living in a trailer, Aunt Mary reflects: "You look out the window, go to the gate and see lots of kids playing and my daughter and granddaughter are nearby. Family is always around to give you help if you need it, we don't have much from outside but we look after ourselves."

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