DEAR DEIDRE: HOW wrong I was when I thought people in villages were quiet and kind.

I can’t wait to move back to my hometown.

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I’m 42 and had to have my eye removed after an accident so I wear a patch over it.

I recently moved to a cottage in the countryside.

It seemed perfect.

I went to the pub and I was served but nobody talked to me and I was stared at.

A girl made a joke about my eye patch and I called her out on it.

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Now locals shout horrid things when they see me.

I can never get away from my disability. I’m miserable.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Not everyone is so prejudiced.

Join a local club, where you can meet like-minded people with similar interests and values.


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You can find support through Stop Hate (, 0113 293 5100), a charity that challenges hate crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity.

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