Oxenhope Bronte fan in tears at ‘false’ story

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lyn-Marie Cunliffe Lyn-Marie Cunliffe

A woman portrayed by national media as living as Charlotte Bronte has said her business has been ruined by the false claims.

Stories published in the national and international newspapers last week alleged dressmaker Lyn-Marie Cunliffe, of Oxenhope, “lived in a time-warp” and spent her days dressed as the famous literary figure. The 49-year-old, who gives talks to schools and nursing homes and attends events in historical dress, was pictured in a fast-food restaurant and shopping wearing late Victorian dress.

She said she had been told the article would be about tourism and her business Abigails Ateliers. She said she had approved a different version of the story and had broken down in tears when she had read what was eventually printed.

“I have spent three years building up my business and now I am afraid it is ruined,” she said. “I spent a lot of time building up my online presence and now when you put my name in to a search engine there is a story about a crazy lady who thinks she is Charlotte Bronte."

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2:56pm Sun 4 Dec 11

Joedavid says...

Think she is over reacting how can this ruin her business.

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Think she is over reacting how can this ruin her business. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/femail/articl e-2067119/Lyn-Marie- Cunliffe-Mum-lives-m odern-life-dressed-C harlotte-Bronte.html Joedavid

3:22pm Sun 4 Dec 11

lyn marie says...

Because it doesnt work pretending to be someone for work ,lif everyone thinks you really bleive your that person ,you just become a freak show,Alos this isnt one little story its gone world wide,its not just the story which is damaging enough ,its the related tweets comments web posts etc I have used the net and I know what goes on line stays on line and online is how I get my bussiness
Because it doesnt work pretending to be someone for work ,lif everyone thinks you really bleive your that person ,you just become a freak show,Alos this isnt one little story its gone world wide,its not just the story which is damaging enough ,its the related tweets comments web posts etc I have used the net and I know what goes on line stays on line and online is how I get my bussiness lyn marie

7:30pm Sun 4 Dec 11

Albion. says...

Hmm, Well the writing isn't quite in the style of Charlotte anyway.
Hmm, Well the writing isn't quite in the style of Charlotte anyway. Albion.

7:40pm Sun 4 Dec 11

cookie_brighton says...

Never mind Charlotte, the publicity should be good for your business.
OOPS......I meant Lyn-Marie.
Never mind Charlotte, the publicity should be good for your business. OOPS......I meant Lyn-Marie. cookie_brighton

8:10pm Sun 4 Dec 11

Vegan Justice says...

"A woman portrayed by national media as living as Charlotte Bronte has said her business has been ruined by the false claims."

It was Emily.

The moral of the story is don't do deals with the press.
"A woman portrayed by national media as living as Charlotte Bronte has said her business has been ruined by the false claims." It was Emily. The moral of the story is don't do deals with the press. Vegan Justice

6:18am Mon 5 Dec 11

lyn marie says...

Re writing ,I am dyslexic so not having a spell check can be arkward but that ought not to affect how you judge the story I am not stupid or ignorant I have an honours degree so please repsect my relpies enopugh to give a reasoned response ,Re the orginal stories I am a costumer ,how exactly to make do you think having costumes that take weeks described as "smocks" or homemade is likely to be good for bussines ,or being seen as unable to judge reality ,If the Newspaper storys where a medical case study they would almost certainly be enough to get me sectioned ,does that seem likely to help bussiness to you?
Re writing ,I am dyslexic so not having a spell check can be arkward but that ought not to affect how you judge the story I am not stupid or ignorant I have an honours degree so please repsect my relpies enopugh to give a reasoned response ,Re the orginal stories I am a costumer ,how exactly to make do you think having costumes that take weeks described as "smocks" or homemade is likely to be good for bussines ,or being seen as unable to judge reality ,If the Newspaper storys where a medical case study they would almost certainly be enough to get me sectioned ,does that seem likely to help bussiness to you? lyn marie

6:28am Mon 5 Dec 11

Albion. says...

lyn marie wrote:
Re writing ,I am dyslexic so not having a spell check can be arkward but that ought not to affect how you judge the story I am not stupid or ignorant I have an honours degree so please repsect my relpies enopugh to give a reasoned response ,Re the orginal stories I am a costumer ,how exactly to make do you think having costumes that take weeks described as "smocks" or homemade is likely to be good for bussines ,or being seen as unable to judge reality ,If the Newspaper storys where a medical case study they would almost certainly be enough to get me sectioned ,does that seem likely to help bussiness to you?
I think that the most damaging thing to your business here is you! You should have let it blow over.
[quote][p][bold]lyn marie[/bold] wrote: Re writing ,I am dyslexic so not having a spell check can be arkward but that ought not to affect how you judge the story I am not stupid or ignorant I have an honours degree so please repsect my relpies enopugh to give a reasoned response ,Re the orginal stories I am a costumer ,how exactly to make do you think having costumes that take weeks described as "smocks" or homemade is likely to be good for bussines ,or being seen as unable to judge reality ,If the Newspaper storys where a medical case study they would almost certainly be enough to get me sectioned ,does that seem likely to help bussiness to you?[/p][/quote]I think that the most damaging thing to your business here is you! You should have let it blow over. Albion.

6:48am Mon 5 Dec 11

bullybullman says...

Dont worry most people who are interested in using your services will not be bothered by this I would just let it drop & as already said it will soon blow over.
Dont worry most people who are interested in using your services will not be bothered by this I would just let it drop & as already said it will soon blow over. bullybullman

8:37am Mon 5 Dec 11

Jimbo19 says...

Whilst the press are out of order this may be advantageous to her. There should be increased traffic to her website from the curious, some of whom may like what she has to sell. There's no such thing as bad publicity.
Whilst the press are out of order this may be advantageous to her. There should be increased traffic to her website from the curious, some of whom may like what she has to sell. There's no such thing as bad publicity. Jimbo19

7:07pm Mon 5 Dec 11

BabyDave says...

lyn marie wrote:
Re writing ,I am dyslexic so not having a spell check can be arkward but that ought not to affect how you judge the story I am not stupid or ignorant I have an honours degree so please repsect my relpies enopugh to give a reasoned response ,Re the orginal stories I am a costumer ,how exactly to make do you think having costumes that take weeks described as "smocks" or homemade is likely to be good for bussines ,or being seen as unable to judge reality ,If the Newspaper storys where a medical case study they would almost certainly be enough to get me sectioned ,does that seem likely to help bussiness to you?
Never, EVER, trust the press.

Ever.
[quote][p][bold]lyn marie[/bold] wrote: Re writing ,I am dyslexic so not having a spell check can be arkward but that ought not to affect how you judge the story I am not stupid or ignorant I have an honours degree so please repsect my relpies enopugh to give a reasoned response ,Re the orginal stories I am a costumer ,how exactly to make do you think having costumes that take weeks described as "smocks" or homemade is likely to be good for bussines ,or being seen as unable to judge reality ,If the Newspaper storys where a medical case study they would almost certainly be enough to get me sectioned ,does that seem likely to help bussiness to you?[/p][/quote]Never, EVER, trust the press. Ever. BabyDave

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