Throughout the 1960s Charles Parker became increasingly radical in his position on social issues and this was reflected in his support of the travelling communities. Travellers were severely mistreated during this period and subject to fierce criticism and opposition from permanent residents in the West Midlands. The making of the eighth and final radio ballad on the way of life of travellers in England and Wales, 'The Travelling People', first broadcast in April 1964, heightened his awareness of the difficulties faced by the travelling communities. See CD recording of the eighth radio ballad. Accompanying written production documentation on the radio ballad is at MS 4000/2/97. A difficult episode in Birmingham which resulted in the eviction of some travellers in 1969 motivated Charles Parker and others to formally address the problem and the West Midlands Gypsy Liaison Group (WMGLG) was formed as a result. Papers, minutes and news cuttings on the travellers issue and formation of the Group can be seen at MS 4000/1/8/19.
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