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Clémence Lestienne, known as the Bearded Lady, was Tony Lestienne’s great-great-grandmother.

Born in Fustebert, Pas-de-Calais, she had plenty of ideas and boundless creativity!

Aged 16, she developed her own gingerbread and couque de Dinant (a biscuit made of honey and flour), building up an enviable reputation.

She sold her treats at the fairs and markets where she travelled in her caravan, from Dunkirk to Lille through Roubaix and Saint-Omer.

Customers would naturally stop in front of the stall run by this amazing woman, whose impressive beard became an attraction in its own right.

During the First World War, she opened a shop in Boulogne sur Mer called “Au Paradis des Enfants” where she sold sweetq and toys. She died at a fairground in 1919 at the age of 85.

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The "Bearded Lady" of the North who sold gingerbread…