A town’s floral tribute to Princess Diana has become a laughing stock on social media after people said the “horrific” design looked more like Worzel Gummidge than the late Princess of Wales.
The memorial, which is on display outside Chesterfield’s Market Hall, was created as part of the town’s well dressing celebrations, an annual custom in Derbyshire which involves making pictures using only natural materials. The design was chosen to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
Chesterfield Borough Council posted photographs of the display on its Facebook page, where they attracted plenty of less than complimentary comments.
Richard Wilkins compared the tribute to the infamously ugly TV scarecrow character Worzel Gummidge, posting on Facebook: “Worzel gummidge RIP forever in our hearts.”
Gayla Tuckley wrote on Facebook that she thought it was an “insult” to Diana.
She added: “Luckily she had a sense of humour and would probably be laughing if she could see it or cared. But still it needs taking down it’s not nice at all.”
Louise Foyster said the “horrific” tribute was bound to go viral, adding: “Putting Chesterfield on the map!”
Roger Fearn also commented: “Our shops our closing, our Market stalls are empty, we have homeless people in our bus station, our football team is crap and now this.”
Some were a bit more sympathetic to the amount of effort that must have gone into producing the tribute.
Emma-Leigh Rose posted: “Maybe it’s not an exact likeness guys but come on! People have put a lot of effort into this when they didn’t need to! Done something nice for Chesterfield and for Diana”, while JF Andrew said: “I’m sure a lot of time went into this....but that is absolutely horrific!!”
It's what she would have wanted? https://t.co/QmL7mMMNnV— Toby Perkins (@tobyperkinsmp) September 12, 2017
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins sent an apparently uncertain tweet in response to a resident who said they were “screaming” at the photos.
That's unsettling...— Major Ward (@LeadfootedLion) September 12, 2017
A bold claim. Who knows?— Liam Ⓥ (@LiamGilliver) September 12, 2017
Chesterfield Borough Council has been approached for comment.