Sarah and Yvonne were the Bronte sisters today for a tour de france shoot ,the local newspaper the T&A wanted photos to promote the areas involvement in the tour de france .The bicycle was actually around during the Brontes day though not the modern racing bike design
Sarah was Emily and Yvonne Anne and she was also Charlotte for the cycling shots as I am not a stunt Bronte ,though I did a brief stint as Charlotte for some roadside shots .Full marks to Sarah and Yvonne for braving sub-zero temperatures, snow and a chilly wind.
Also for dodging diggers and assorted cars to cycle down the hill in full 1840s outfits
.Heres a photographic record of the shoot
The spot choosen
The cosy part waiting for the photographers to arrive at West field lodge (up on Penistone Moor just before the turning to drop farm ,its got a bunk house but also loaned us one of their apartments to wait and change in ,,and they were lovely and warm ,so great many thanks Westfeild
The first set of shots
The three sisters shot,,
By 20 mins into the shoot the weird ladies in the snow had attracted several curious walkers and a further two photographers
The Newspapers fancied an action shot so Sarah and Yvonne bravely cycled up and down the moor risking becoming Bronte roadkill as several drivers nervously edged past and the snow plough and digger ,(I was luckily bike less)
A road less traveled,many of the side roads on the moors are still blocked by snow ,but Charlotte and Emily soldiered on
And a group shot ,
Many thanks to
Westfield Lodge for allowing us to use they really nice and lovely and warm apartment,and Airedale cycles for loaning the bikes,
Ian Howard for liasing with the T and A and arranging the shoot,the newspaper photographer for turning up when the roads were so appaling.
Mark Davis and John Cunliffe for turning up to get shots, Sarah and Yvonne for braving the weather and for incredible balancing skills on the modern mens racing bikes in full Victorian 1840s clothing,especially for careering dangerously down Penistone Moor .
and of course
Hathaways of Haworth for costume loan!
I don’t think Charlotte and the sisters would have considered it very ladylike to cycle across the moor but I am sure the Brontes would applaud their determination despite the cold to promote Haworth and the areas part in the Tour de france and improve tourism.