Villagers ‘worried to death’ over traveller festival

Keith Sowden.

Keith Sowden.

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More than 100 residents packed into a heated meeting amid concerns at a mass gathering for travellers set for their village.

Around 2,500 members of the travelling community will descend on Overton in July as part of a religious festival, if it goes ahead. It is speculated the event is the Light and Life Gypsy Church’s annual Christian convention, which is held in a different village every year.

But there are mounting fears the gathering could overwhelm the small village – home to around 1,500 people – after it emerged there had been issues with similar festivals in the past.


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