A traditional tribute to Diana in Chesterfield has ruffled more than a few feathers, with locals drawing comparisons with Worzel Gummidge!

Chesterfield City Council has come under attack from locals after a traditional well dressing, dedicated to the late Princess Diana, was unveiled.

The tribute – crafted by volunteers using the historic art of ‘well dressing’ – has been branded “disrespectful” to Diana’s memory and accused of making the local town a national laughing stock.

The piece has been put on display in Chesterfield Market Place until this coming Saturday, but it has been widely slated on social media, with some particularly cutting comments on the council’s Facebook page.

One commenter compared the tribute to the late 1970s TV character Worzel Gummidge, before others weighed in to call it “blatant desecration” and a “monstrosity,” and demanded it be taken down as it reflected badly on the town.

Others pointed out the amount of work that had gone into the piece – it took 14 volunteers 120 hours to complete – and admitted that while it was far from perfect, it was made with good intentions.

A spokesperson for the local council said:

“The well dressing is produced by 14 volunteers using the ancient Derbyshire art of well dressing. All art is meant to be a talking point and that certainly seems to be the case with this year’s design.”

“The well dressing is designed to attract visitors to the area and if the publicity encourages more people to come and visit the market and local shops then that can only be good for Chesterfield.”

This drew further fire from locals, however, with one man saying: “Though very well intended this is simply awful. My apologies but this is a huge own goal and an insult to the intelligence of Chesterfield let alone the recipients of this foul ‘art’.”

One critic pointed out that it was lucky Diana had a sense of humour – she would probably be laughing herself if she could see it! No comment so far from the Royal Family, but we’d love to know what they make of this one-of-a-kind tribute. It’s certainly a change from a tree dedication or a floral wreath.