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Thread #61622   Message #3394888
Posted By: GUEST,wyrdolafr
25-Aug-12 - 10:20 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: No Irish Need Apply
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: No Irish Need Apply
Jim, that's not my side of Manchester (or Salford, for that matter) but aren't there a load of fields near the WCL? Were there Travellers there at the time? Maybe there'd been some kind of altercation or incident?

I don't dispute the fact that these kinds of things existed at all, just the notion that they're actually "common". I'm no alcoholic, but I've been in plenty of boozers up and down the country over the years and the closest I've ever seen to anything like, are the 'No Crusties' (quite often in pubs that were otherwise open to 'alternative cultures') and 'No New Age Travellers' signs. The latter getting it from all sides during the 1990s (not 'real' Travellers, not part of wider society either &c).

There's been two different ad hoc camps near me in the last 12 months and whilst I won't deny any suspicion/resentment within the local community, I've genuinely not seen a sign like you mention.