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Violet Cannon

Violet Margaret Princess Cannon was born and bred in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and raised in the traditional Romany way. At thirty-one, and in contrast to the media's portrayal of Gypsies and their culture, Violet has an education, a job and a divorce to her name. She has spent the last eight years working with Gypsies and Travellers, fighting to gain the community recognition as an ethnic minority in its own right. Violet is the founding member of the Northern Network of Travelling People and the Chairperson of the Romany Woman's Union, and has appeared in Closer magazine and on This Morning, and is about to judge the national Miss Gypsy UK competition.