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Romany pasts

Gypsies are one of the largest single ethnic minorities in the county and are represented in every area of society. Four people reflect on the importance of the Romany Culture in their professional lives...

MillerNeil Miller is Assistant Head Teacher at Hextable School. His official role is to develop links with local businesses but his Romany Roots have encouraged him to make sure that all ethnic groups within his school are represented and supported. Tackling ignorance within the teaching profession itself is also on his list.
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HolmesCas Holmes lives in Maidstone and is a successful textile artist. She believes that recycled materials and waste all have a history and can be reworked and layered to become something more meaningful. One of her great influences was her grandmother who was a Gypsy Traveller, and a tribute to her called Tea and Talestakes pride of place on the stairway wall. You can see her work by logging onto www.casholmes.textilearts.net
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Brian BeltonDr Brian Belton writes about football, greyhounds and his PHD is about Gypsy Ethnicity, gained at the University of Kent. He spent his early years hop picking with his Gran but is now settled into a career in Education as a Senior Lecturer at the YMCA George William College. His latest book, Days of Iron about West Ham in the Fifties, is available in all good bookstores!
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PatemanJohn Pateman, head of Libararies and Heritage for a London Borough, discovered his Romany Roots when his wife persuaded him to search out his family tree a few years ago. Once he had found that his Great Uncle fought in the First World War, the rest of his history came tumbling out. He now gives talks about Private Pateman and has written a book called Seven Steps to Glory.
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