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First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain

First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain

Does staying on a permanent site interfere with travellers' traditions? Travellers who live in caravans on a site in Wisbech speak to Anglia TV

News 1975 2 mins

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Overview

Taking a look at a Council-run travellers’ site in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, in 1975, which is, in fact, the first purpose-built caravan site that accommodates travellers in the UK. Greg Barnes, reporting for Anglia Television, meets the tenants asking why they choose to live in permanently located mobile homes. Is the site the antithesis to the old gypsy way-of-life? The Gypsy Liaison Officer and Site Warden, John Prior, is also interviewed.