Romany history celebrated at festival

VIDEO Gypsy heritage was celebrated at an event held in Stowmarket over the weekend.Old and new gypsy wagons, craft displays, folk music and cooking demonstrations were among the attractions at the Gypsy Arts Festival at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

GYPSY heritage was celebrated at an event held in Stowmarket over the weekend.

Old and new gypsy wagons, craft displays, folk music and cooking demonstrations were among the attractions at the Gypsy Arts Festival at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

During the weekend an estimated 800 visitors attended the event, which culminated in a world music concert on yesterday evening.

It is the second year the festival has been held.

Museum director Tony Butler said: “This is an opportunity for us to promote the contribution of Romany and gypsy travellers to the history of East Anglia.

“The museum has a really impressive collection of wagons so it is an opportunity for us to show that the museum is not purely about English things.

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“It has been a great event and we have had more people visit than last year.

“It has been especially good to see lots of local Romany families that have come here as they have been very supportive of the museum over the past couple of years.”

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