Everyone wants Paddy Doherty's granddaughter to stay in school

Paddy Doherty is something of a celebrity in the traveller community these days, so viewers of Channel 5′s Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World could not wait to catch up with him again.

In this latest traveller documentary series, the focus is the children, and Paddy, who’s appeared in plenty of documentaries before as well as being a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother, put himself forward as champion of the younger generation.

But tonight, there was a bigger star than Paddy. Well, much smaller, but with more fans. It was his eight-year-old granddaughter Margaret, who Paddy was encouraging to stay in school for longer than many of her peers, who drop out at 11.

Viewers of the programme were really rooting for Margaret.

We also met a boy called Oliver, who was shockingly competent behind the wheel of a car.

While it seems many traveller girls marry young, 13-year-old Sylvanna had big dreams for her future and was hoping to become a model.

However, one viewer couldn’t believe her reaction when she was told she looked like Janet Jackson.

Lots of people were a bit concerned about the scenes showing how horses were treated by the community.

In fact, they had questions about the way of life in general…

…especially when one small girl announced her aim in life was to get a job cleaning tiles.

But plenty of others felt their horizons had been broadened by the programme and will be looking forward to catching up with the gypsy kids again next week.

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