TikTok Sensation “Crazy Auntie Ann” Visits Honley

by | Apr 30, 2024 | News

Honley Embraces Viral TikTok Sensation Crazy Auntie Ann in Dressing Gown Affair

Honley’s local businesses have come together in a unique fashion to welcome viral TikTok sensation Crazy Auntie Ann in their dressing gowns.

Known for her infectious dressing gown dances, it was down to one business owner’s scrolling that led to the chance discovery of online sensation Ann Chambers having deep roots in Honley.

When Wired Coffee and Cake owners Katie and Oliver stumbled upon a TikTok video featuring a familiar face, they promptly shared the clip with social media queen Janet Bebb, of Social Progress, suggesting the lady dancing in a dressing gown was a doppelganger for Janet.

To their astonishment, they discovered that the woman in the heart-warming videos was Janet’s sister, Ann.

With more than 670,000 followers and 13 million likes, Crazy Auntie Ann’s light-hearted and authentic approach to TikTok captivated a global audience. What began as a gesture of encouragement to her students during the Covid-19 lockdown morphed into a viral sensation centred around positivity and mental health.

Local entrepreneurs and members of Honley Business Association (HBA), Rachel Valli of ReDress and Valli Optometry and Audiology, Liz Gill of Liz Gill Mortgages, Dan Heneghan of Heneghan Architecture, Jennifer Hughes of Hug & Co, and Sophie Seddon, of Sophie Seddon PR, joined Social Progress and Wired to greet Crazy Auntie Ann – all in their dressing gowns.

From Wired and ReDress to Honley bus stop dancing, the day was filled with non-stop fun and laughter to help promote good mental health and wellbeing.

“It’s all about staying true to myself and spreading positivity,” said Ann.

College lecturer, Ann, teaches level two mental health and counselling skills at Calderdale College.

When the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns hit, Ann’s TikTok journey began with a simple goal: to bring joy and support to her students.

Using the platform her niece had set up as ‘Crazy Auntie Ann’ she created light-hearted videos to lift spirits during remote learning sessions.

“When we came out of the first lockdown, I said to my students, ‘You can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it’.

“If you want to be an astronaut, you can be an astronaut. You must work hard, study hard, be very determined, and put yourself in places where your imposter syndrome thinks you shouldn’t belong. Knock on the door, say ‘I want to come in,’ and ask, ‘What can I do to get here?’

“You can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

The mental health advocate’s students were so inspired they set Ann a task to achieve 10,000 followers on TikTok.

With her trademark authenticity, positivity and trusty dressing gowns, Ann’s videos quickly gained traction, going viral and propelling her follower count to an impressive 70,000.

“I focus on mental health, happiness, honesty, and wellbeing,” said Ann. “I don’t use camera lights or filters. I only make a fool of myself, no one else. It’s all about staying true to myself and spreading positivity.”

You Can Watch the Videos Here:


Can you spot my sister? ❤️@Wiredcoffeeandcake @ReDressBoutique @ValliOpticians @Hug & Co @sophieseddonpr @Social Progress @LGM @heneghanarchitecture

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No better place for a fashion show @ReDressBoutique with @Wiredcoffeeandcake @ValliOpticians @Hug & Co @sophieseddonpr @Social Progress @LGM @heneghanarchitecture

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Ooohhh me please… Amazing, delicious #coffee and a great welcome from Katie and Oliver @Wiredcoffeeandcake in Honley. #yorkshire @Social Progress

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Coffee with our friend from Liz Gill Mortgages @LGM at @Wiredcoffeeandcake of course and with the help of @SoPro Janet @Social Progress @ValliOpticians @heneghanarchitecture @sophieseddonpr @ReDressBoutique @Hug & Co

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A day that was so good for my soul. I love my sister so much. She owns @Social Progress please give them a follow. Coffee at @Wiredcoffeeandcake Also got our eyes tested @ValliOpticians plus so much fun with firends @heneghanarchitecture @sophieseddonpr @LGM @ReDressBoutique @Hug & Co

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All joking aside, me and my sister love this place @ReDressBoutique and its just opposite @Wiredcoffeeandcake @heneghanarchitecture @SoPro Janet @Social Progress @LGM @ValliOpticians @sophieseddonpr @Hug & Co

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He is such a good sport too @heneghanarchitecture We had such a fun day too with our friends @ValliOpticians @sophieseddonpr @Social Progress @LGM @ReDressBoutique @Hug & Co @Wiredcoffeeandcake

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If you were in Honley did you see us? @sophieseddonpr Can you spot my sister? @heneghanarchitecture @Social Progress @LGM @ReDressBoutique @Wiredcoffeeandcake @Hug & Co @ValliOpticians

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