Local attraction: Lyn-Marie Cunliffe's unusual clothes are a hit with locals in her hometown on Keighley, West Yorkshire - near Bronte homeland Haworth
Many of us dream of wearing the beautiful costumes from period dramas like Downton Abbey... however few would go quite as far as donning them every day.
But romantic fiction-lover, Lyn-Marie Cunliffe, has taken her obsession with Victorian literature to the extreme - by living her modern life dressed as her heroine Charlotte Bronte.
The 49-year-old loves the 19th century author so much that she dresses like her all the time - even on trips to the supermarket.
The mother-of-two wears home-made full-length dresses whilst doing the school run - not bothering to change even when she's out grabbing a burger with the kids.
But the bookworm's bizarre look is a hit with locals in her hometown of Keighley, West Yorkshire - near the parsonage in Haworth where the Bronte family lived. Locals regularly stop to compliment her on her unusual style.
Lyn-Marie started dressing as the author - who wrote Jane Eyre - three years ago.
She said: 'I love the works of all the Bronte sisters, and really wanted to encourage other people to find out more about them.
Eyre everywhere: Lyn-Marie even wears the period dress in her local McDonalds. She likes going to the burger chain because lids on drinks limits the chances of staining her clothes
'I started dressing as Charlotte around Haworth, to point tourists in the right direction to the Bronte house.
'Now I love my costumes so much it's hard to take them off!'
Lyn-Marie has forked out a whopping £4,000 fashioning more than 50 incredible period costumes.
She added: 'I dress as Charlotte because the other Brontes were quite young when they died and I'm 49.
'But I feel I'm more like Emily because she loved the Yorkshire moors and animals.
'I love taking our dogs for long walks on the moors and it always reminds me of Wuthering Heights and Heathcliff.
'I tend to do my shopping in costume, and people love seeing me around.
'I went into Sainsbury's in jeans once, and the checkout girl told me to go home and come back as Charlotte.
'I also go into McDonald's a lot because they serve their drinks with a closed lid and I don't have to worry about dropping milkshake or coffee on my costume.'
Lyn-Marie, who sews all the costumes herself, said her passion for the Brontes might have stemmed from an honours degree in history.
She said: 'Bronte Country is only a mile away from where we live so I guess it's fitting I am such a fan, but I think as well as the books it stems from my own interest in history.'
Lyn-Marie said her obsession had attracted so much attention she'd even been invited to show off her costumes to fans on December 17 at Ferndean Manor, in Haworth.
Home sweet home: Lyn-Marie said her obsession had attracted so much attention she'd even been invited to show off her costumes to fans in Haworth where the Brontes grew up in this Parsonage
The 17th-century house, known originally as Moor Lodge, was renamed after Charlotte Bronte used it as her inspiration and dubbed it Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre.
The Cunliffe family is very supportive of Lyn-Marie, who lives with retired joiner husband John, 50, and has two children Rebecca, 24, and Matthew, 27.
She said: 'I used to work as a behavioural support teacher in a school and I would pick my daughter up from work.
'I still pick Becky up but she doesn't seem to notice, never mind care, that I'm dressed as Charlotte Bronte. I think she thinks it's funny!'
Lyn-Marie said Matthew, who served with the TA in Afghanistan last year, has joked with her that he should be in 'Sharpe's Rifles' - a fictional Napoleonic Wars British unit made famous by the Sean Bean ITV series - because she could make him the uniforms.
She said: 'My family have been really supportive and John even takes pictures for my Bronte website of me in costume in the hills of Bronte Country.
'Rebecca has helped build my website and Matthew has said I can make him a uniform if he joins Sharpe's Rifles.
Lyn-Marie added: 'My husband has also been very supportive of me - I couldn't do any of it without him; he is my Mr Rochester.'
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