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Chesterfield’s tribute to Diana attracts the attention of the world’s media

An English town’s floral tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, has been brought to the attention of the world media, with journalists traveling hundreds of miles to get a glimpse of the memorial.

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.

Even ITV’s This Morning broadcast a segment live from the town with television presenter Alison Hammond interviewing local residents on their thoughts about the floral display.

Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby could not contain their shock as the residents gave very honest opinions about the piece.

One person said: “I think it is horrible and is downright disgusting.”

Another said: “It looks a lot better from a distance. The further away, the better.”

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.

 

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:

  • Elizabeth Pease

    That flower display is not ‘art’. It is a horrible site set up by Camilla supporters who are showing how they think Diana should be portrayed to anger people who liked Diana and loathe Camilla.

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