Pictured above left is Dora Yates who in her book "My Gypsy Days" published 1953 descibes several meetings with her friends the Boswell's and amongst the various stories one that I like is when Dora was visiting them and on the occasion of some "Foreigners" In fact it was 1906 and the Foreigners were some german Gypsies who had camped on the sands at South shore to the disaproval of the English Gypsies ! Below is a brief chapter from the book to give you an idea of what they thought of Intruders in their camp!!
""The Blackpool south shore was already well known to us as the headquarters of our Gypsy friends the Boswells,Youngs
Herons and Lees. Here indeed the Romanies of the Northern Counties looked upon themselves as "we' stablished Gypsies'
or 'we oldstandards', with the privileged monopoly of telling the fortunes of the visitors who flocked to this seaside resort in
their hundreds and thousands. Here the famous Morjiana Lee,wife of Bendigo and sister of Oliver and Ithal Lee, who had
befriended so many Romani Rais,was recognized as the so - called 'Queen' of the Gypsies, and here in this year of grace
1952 her daughter Cinderella (or 'relly) is still reputed to be a miraculous seer into the future.
In 1906 this enterprising English Gypsy colony did a roaring trade among the Lancashire holiday-makers with their shooting-galleries , mery-go-rounds,switchback raqilways,waterchutes, and other side shows,and the travelling Locks sold their horses to Gawjos less knowledgeable than themselves about horse-flesh. So the Anglo-Romanies regarded 'dose nasty poverty furriners' who had been granted a temporary resting-place on the Blackpool sands with anything but favour---any rival attractions might interfere
with their own thriving buisness. 'And oh! my Rawnie, 'said one of the younger Smith girls,dragging at my arm to hinder us,'you should see the way they treats them poor shopkeepers.They goes into the shops and takes anything they has a fancy for-- half a leg of mutton,a sack of potatoes,or a cheese---and all they gives those dear blessed people is only one penny! And they calls theirselves honest, not like we nice respectable Gypsies!' Having experienced before the sharp jealousy one Gypsy clan feels for another who bids for the notice of their special Rai or Rawnie, and knowing therefor that we should get no reliable information from our old acquaintances,we made straight for the camp of the 'German' Gypsies .""
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