MEMORY LANE: The People’s Princess charms High Peak

Princess Diana, Dove Holes 1990
Princess Diana, Dove Holes 1990

The Princess of Wales enchanted the High Peak and won the hearts of thousands of its residents during her visit to the area in June 1990.

The elegant Princess brought fairytale happiness to everyone who saw her at New Mills, Whaley Bridge, Dove Holes, Gamesley and Charlesworth.

Buxton Advertiser Archive, June 1990, Princess Diana on the Love Hearts line at the Swizzels factory in New Mills

Buxton Advertiser Archive, June 1990, Princess Diana on the Love Hearts line at the Swizzels factory in New Mills

Cheers rang out from the huge crowds, whose frantically waving flags made a sea of red, white and blue wherever she went in the borough.

To commemorate her visit the Thursday previous, the Buxton Advertiser of Wednesday June 20, 1990, published a three-page special.

The Advertiser reported: “Whaley was transformed by colourful, cheerful crowds of locals and school children were overwhelmed by the excitement.”

As well as meeting the flurry of onlookers, the Princess enjoyed lunch on board the Judith Mary II in the marina, before treating the Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Royalty to a truly royal coronation.

Buxton Advertiser Archive, June 1990, Princess Diana on the Love Hearts line at the Swizzels factory in New Mills

Buxton Advertiser Archive, June 1990, Princess Diana on the Love Hearts line at the Swizzels factory in New Mills

Queen Pamela Cass, junior queen Amber Rampley and princess Helen Chorlton all had the once-in-a-lifetime honour of being crowned by Princess Diana.

The Royal visitor was also delighted by music and dance performances by pupils from Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale, Taxal and Chapel schools.

The first stop on Princess Diana’s tour had been to the Swizzels factory at New Mills, where staff gave out special edition packs of Love Heart sweets bearing the names of the Royal family.

In the afternoon, Princess Diana headed to Dove Holes to visit the new headquarters of Buxton

Buxton Advertiser Archive, June 1990, Princess Diana opens the Dove Holes Mountain Rescue Centre, meeting search dog handler Malcolm Bowyer

Buxton Advertiser Archive, June 1990, Princess Diana opens the Dove Holes Mountain Rescue Centre, meeting search dog handler Malcolm Bowyer

Mountain Rescue Team, before calling at the recently refurbished Gamesley estate in Glossop and finally to watch a talent festival at St John’s Church at Charlesworth.

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Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Whaley Bridge 1990

Princess Diana, Gamesley 1990

Princess Diana, Gamesley 1990