Letter: Travellers welcome

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The Independent Culture
Sir: We recently picnicked beside eight travellers, apprehensive when they spilled out of their lorries but reassured after they had settled down and their children were playing joyfully in the river with our children.

They were a pleasant, happy group, increasing rather than limiting our enjoyment of the day. Their smallest child - aged three or four - was heard to ask which was the rubbish bag, and when they left there was absolutely no litter at all.

Apparently they come to the area every year to work on a farm and are welcomed. A small sample, but how big was Jack Straw's (report, 24 August)?

Your reporter found no actual evidence of crime, and who did trash the official transit site at Chiseldon, thus denying ratepayers a return on their investment in the form of travellers' rents?