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Chesterfield’s tribute to Princess Diana branded as ‘awful’

An English town’s floral tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, has backfired after people took to the internet, describing the memorial as “awful” and “scary”.

The tribute, which is currently being displayed in Chesterfield town centre as part of their well-dressing celebrations, has gone viral on social media with people expressing their horror at the unique creation.

Chesterfield Borough Council has said that the tribute will remain on display until Saturday, and hope the design will attract more people to the town.

Hundreds of people have taken to social media, commenting that the floral arrangements look more like scarecrow Worzel Gummidge or singer Tina Turner than the late Princess of Wales.

Others questioned whether the florist’s aim was to create a portrait of what Diana would look like in zombie form.

One social media user wrote: “I appreciate all the work that goes into the dressing of a well but this is just awful.”

Another commented: “I live here and, let me tell you, I can feel its eyes on me, even now in my house.”

A spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council said: “The well-dressing is produced by 14 volunteers using the ancient Derbyshire art of well dressing, which involves creating designs from flower petals and other natural materials. 

“All art is meant to be a talking point, and that certainly seems to be the case with this year’s design. 

“The well-dressing is designed to attract visitors to the area, and if the publicity encourages more people to come and experience our historic market town and local shops, then that can only be good for Chesterfield.”

What do you think of Chesterfield’s unique tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales? Is it an underrated masterpiece, or a horror that should never have seen the light of day? Let us know by commenting below:

  • Marie in Kingston

    It’s a beautiful tribute. Floral pictures always look a little awkward close up, but with a little distance it’s lovely.

    • Gregory Ross Miller

      I agree with you Marie.

  • Pamela Traves

    They tried, but it isn’t the best.

  • Gregory Ross Miller

    It doesn’t look scary at all. I don’t understand how we sometimes expect perfection when we are not living in a perfect world. It’s the thought that should count. They could have probably used lighter flowers for the skin tone and yellow flowers to resemble the blond hair but otherwise it does resemble her. It definitely does not resemble a scarecrow neither does it resemble singer Tina Turner.

  • Unfortunate.

  • Just another dumpling

    I think it captures her inner essence rather well! A shallow, 2D predator, hiding behind a veneer of beauty. Just like the real Diana, it looks great from a distance, but when look properly, you see the truth.

    • Sudie Faulkner

      Speaking of “hiding behind a veneer”, just another dumpling……you hide behind a fake name AND a wooden bald headed toy.

      If you seriously think these things about Princess Diana, then you didn’t really look into her life story much. She didn’t become “The People’s Princess” on accident. The entire world (except you) saw her, admired her and truly loved her. I live in the USA and still considered her “My or Our Princess”.

      You need Jesus.

      • Just another dumpling

        Yet you worship a fake princess, bred to destabilise the throne as a product of hundreds of years of effort by her family to take the British throne. A fake, over made-up face and a public image created by a paid top media guru.

        I’ll not even bother to mention promiscuity.

        Sorry, but I don’t think it is me who has failed to look into her life story.

        Yes, a lot of shallow people did fall for the created image (just as they do for similar creations like Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashians). Many of us, however, saw straight through her.

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