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Celebrating Traveller culture in Wisbech

Photos by John Band are on display this month
Photos by John Band are on display this month

The history and culture of Gypsies and Travellers are being celebrated at a series of events taking place in Fenland this month.

Next Monday (June 8), it will be the theme of a day-long event at the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech to mark International Children’s Day. The day’s activities will include music, dance, craft work and a display of various artefacts and will end with a barbecue.

The Rosmini Centre is also currently displaying a selection of Traveller pictures by local photographer John Band in an exhibition continuing there until June 9.

A larger exhibition comprising more than 220 of his photos will then go on show at the Boathouse for two weeks.

And on June 27 some of them will again be on display at the Chatteris Festival. They will be one of the attractions in a gazebo dedicated to Gypsy Traveller crafts, where visitors will be able to learn the art of flower- and peg-making.

June is Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month, an annual celebration established in Britain in 2008 as a way of raising awareness of these communities and their contributions to society, and countering negative stereotyping and prejudices.

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