UK town's tribute to Diana labelled 'an insult'
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The tribute in the town of Chesterfield has received a fair bit of criticism.
A town in the United Kingdom has created a floral tribute to Princess Diana. The love for it isn't blossoming.
Chesterfield has a traditional festival which involves decorating wells. The distorted image of Diana, the Princess of Wales, was created in the town centre to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death.
But rather than be respectful, people had taken aim at the town with criticism, The Guardian reported.
One of the most popular comments on a Facebook post of the tribute reads: "I don't remember Diana having a stroke?"
Another popular message said: "Seriously!! .... I hope this was done by a local primary school? Although knowing our council it was probably commissioned for 40 grand."
A woman wrote: "I saw it and thought what an insult to Diana.. 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."
Others pointed out that the dates on the design made it look like Diana had been born in 1997 and died in 2017.
Twitter users have been getting their money's worth from it, too.
But the Chesterfield Borough Council told the
the depiction was supposed to be a talking point.
"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," a spokeswoman said.
"All art is meant to be a talking point and that certainly seems to be the case with this year's design."
It took 120 hours to create the tribute, the spokeswoman said.
Facebook user Sammy La Rue said: "It looks like biscuit. Won't it be attacked by wildlife?"
It's hard to tell what sort of flowers have been used in the design.
Diana's hair looks more like it's made from carpet than petals.