Royston Vasey Memories
An interesting picture from the 1907 Venus Kalipygos Trophy of Monsieur Aristide Tournachon and his Royston Vasey born partner Antoinette (Annie Bridges), the exotic dancers. Aristide wanted Antoinette to enter for the trophy as he was convinced that she could win, having become familiar with the merits of the part in question during their dancing together. They were appearing at the time at The Apothecary’s Hall in Pontefract and he cunningly talked her into visiting her mother in Royston Vasey on the day of the contest. She refused to go into the Village Hall when she found out what he was up to so he got her in a headlock and carried her in, with the part in question to the fore, which was when this picture was taken. I am happy to say that there WAS an happy ending and she did win and forgave Aristide and in fact used her victory in their billing after this.