TWENTY five years ago, on 1 June 1983, Hyndburn gave a right royal welcome to one of its most famous visitors.
Princess Diana came to open the new £8M Joseph Arnold greeting factory in Church – and sparked scenes of wild adulation. Everyone fell under her spell as she brought some sunshine to a wet and miserable day.
Crowds lined the route, children showered her with flowers and the streets were awash with Union Jacks and balloons as she arrived wearing a summery red and white polka dot dress with matching red jacket and a wide-brimmed hat.
The Princess toured every department of the factory, stopping to talk to excited workers along the way.
The firm’s production director Jack Clark said at the time: “She was everything we had hoped for. She gives the impression that she is very shy but that is not the case at all. She has a wonderful personality and is quite forceful.”
We asked our readers for memories of that day and you responded in droves.
It is clear that, although Princess Diana was snatched away from us in that tragic Paris car crash at far too young an age, she will always have a place in the hearts of Hyndburn people, especially those who met her on that rainy summer’s day a quarter of a century ago.
READ all the memories and see a host of nostalgic photographs in a two-page special in the Accrington Observer on Friday.