Kirkby Stephen event to showcase gypsy culture and way of life?

Date: Friday 6th July 2018

A CULTURAL evening extolling the virtues of the traditional gypsy way of life could be held in Kirkby Stephen as part of a bid to offset the difficulties faced by residents last month, town councillors were told.

Following a public meeting held in Kirkby Stephen attended by 250 people to discuss the problems faced by the town in the run-up to last month’s Appleby horse fair, county councillor Phil Dew said: “We don’t want to be labelled as a racist community in Kirkby Stephen.”

Speaking at a meeting of Kirkby Stephen Town Council on Tuesday, Mr Dew said he had spoken to Amanda Reed, of Leeds, who runs the Gypsyville Facebook group, which is described as a place to discuss and share gypsy heritage and family history.

She had suggested holding a cultural evening in Kirkby Stephen which would act as showcase for the traditional gypsy community, including music and talks. The evening would give residents a chance to find out more about gypsy history and way of life, said Mr Dew.

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