Pavee Ceilidh—Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Celebration

Girls on stage 2On Saturday 14th June, The Traveller Movement Pavee Ceilidh (PC) celebrations took place in Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets.

Unfortunately on the day, something which couldn’t be planned for was the weather.  Although  there were downpours  and we spent much of the day in willies and raincoats  we did have plenty of sunny spells and ice-cream. Josie and Tina, two of our Advisory group members, put on an amazing food stall. Brown bread, scones and jam and the tastiest bacon and cabbage ever. The aroma of food was so nice travelling through the park. After yet another downpour it was exactly what was needed to warm the attendees up!

Gordon Ramsey would have been envious.

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month is  an opportunity  to celebrate and   preserve heritage , educate, share and inform wider society, on who the Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities are. On our day, we had a  wide range of musical acts that featured Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, and an ‘open mike’ for any brave soles. There were plenty of takers!

We had a small selection of funfair rides for children, which also helped to draw  in the local communities. There was also a football tournament, colouring in, face painting and games.  As well as this, there was the tombola, which not only proved to be a hit with the youngsters, but definitely with the adults too!

The day was very much about celebrating culture and heritage, and this was included in the Blacksmith display as well as the food available on the day.

The blacksmith, Jake Bowers, a Gypsy man, was very popular and had a steady flow of people watching the demonstrations. Some even had the opportunity to take part and try their own blacksmithing skills.

We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to Tower Hamlets, Canary Wharf Group and Atchen Tan, for funding the event.