Past and present inspire special photoshoot for sharp stylists

Girl on a bike (Hebden Bridge) by Toast of Leeds Photography
Girl on a bike (Hebden Bridge) by Toast of Leeds Photography

Classic movie A Boy, a Girl and a Bike, and this summer’s Tour de France, were the inspiration for a very special photoshoot in Hebden Bridge.

The 1949 film, which stars Honor Blackman and Diana Dors and features many Yorkshire beauty spots, was the starting point for the collaboration between local businesses, including Zeitgeist hair salon, Hat Therapy, jeweller Rachel Lucie and boutiques Amelia and Dynamite.

Deborah Wilkinson, of Zeitgeist Hair, said the kind weather had resulted in a series of stunning shots.

“We had a marvellous day and people’s reactions were fabulous,” she said.

“We managed to re-create some classic scenes, but with our own, modern and quirkily Hebden Bridge slant.”

Backdrops included the steps of Hebden Bridge Picture House, the Crown Street chippy, the old bridge by the Stubbing Wharf pub, the station waiting room and Blazing Saddles bike shop.

Chrissie King, milliner and owner of Hat Therapy, Market Street, said the project was a perfect example of the creativity and friendliness of Hebden Bridge businesses.

“We put our heads and talents together and came up with something really fun and relevant,” she said.

“It was a great way to celebrate this summer’s cycling theme and the images are superb.”

The photographs will be on display in some of the shops which took part, as well as on the businesses’ own websites.

The photographer was Shelly Mantovani of Toast Photography, Leeds, and the models were Eve Ferguson, Florence Hutchinson, and Jacob Jones, all of Hebden Bridge.

Their hair was coloured by Kellie Robinson, the latest Vidal Sassoon-trained expert to join the exclusive Zeitgeist team.

“We had an absolute ball,” said Eve, “and we hope this shines through in the images we created. Roll on the Tour de France!”