Memories of Diana ten years on

VIDEO TEN years on from the day Diana died, people in Ipswich and across Suffolk are set to pay tribute to her memory once again.Thousands of people across the county were expected to watch a memorial service at Guards' Chapel, near Buckingham Palace, broadcast nationally on television.

TEN years on from the day Diana died, people in Ipswich and across Suffolk are set to pay tribute to her memory once again.

Thousands of people across the county were expected to watch a memorial service at Guards' Chapel, near Buckingham Palace, broadcast nationally on television.

Similar events were due to be held at other venues, including Manchester and Bristol cathedrals while closer to home a memorial service was scheduled for 7pm at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds.

Meanwhile religious leaders at churches around Ipswich have been preparing for people to pay their own respects to the woman known as “the people's princess”.

Nick Clarke, spokesman for the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said churches across the area will be remembering Diana in their prayers.

He said: It is fair to say that many churches across the county who hold regular services will be praying for the memory of Diana on this special day.”

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At the town's tourist information centre condolence books opened at the time of Diana's death have been put on display once again and will remain out until tomorrow evening.

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said: “There are nine volumes and literally tens of thousands of messages.

“There were 100 yard queues to leave messages at times in the days following her death.

“We have put the books out to offer people the chance to come and see them and perhaps quietly reflect on those days ten years ago.”

Leader of Ipswich Borough Council Liz Harsant said she feels today will prove to be poignant for many people living in the town.

She said: “It meant so much to everybody at the time because you saw that outpouring of grief. I think you could see that again.

“I shall be watching what I can of the service.

“I was a great believer of Diana, I thought she brought a different perspective to the royal family and I was a great admirer of her work with young people, the disabled, for people with AIDs and her campaign against landmines.

“She was what you call a giving person.”

n. Did you do anything special to mark the anniversary? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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