Princess Diana, Atherstone, Atherstone Festival, Atherstone North, North Warwickshire borough council
Diana, Princes of Wales chats to the smiling crowd.Huge crowds greeted the Prince and Princess of Wales when they arrived in Warwickshire Today. They lined the streets hours before the couple arrived for the first royal visit to Atherstone in 500 years. The onlookers loved them - especially Princess Diana's pretty blue and white hat, with a blue veil. They arrived by train and were driven along the bunting-hung main street to a Market Place walkabout. Factory bosses had given workers time off to see the visitors and most schools in the area brought cheering crowds of youngsters to greet the royal couple. In St Mary's parish church the couple saw an exhibition of the town's history, arranged as part of the Atherstone Festival, including a display of the town's hat-making history. Later they saw a special development by North Warwickshire borough council to encourage new industry into the area, visited a centre for the physically handicapped and talked to children at Race Meadow first and Atherstone North middle schools.27th June 1985
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