The fearless mother-daughter duo who tamed lions to save the circus
What happened when they stepped into the ring. Performing with wild animals had always been a man's job, but when the men went off to fight in World War I, and the horses, camels and elephants were taken away, Elizabeth Kayes stepped up and got in the ring with the lions. This was the moment where the legacy of the Kayes women began. Amy Hughes explores the great sacrifice and triumph of this mother-daughter duo against the backdrop of The Great War and the years that followed, paving the way for women in circuses everywhere.