'Horrific' Princess Diana memorial in UK gets blasted on social media

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The memorial has not been received kindly Photo credit: Facebook/Chesterfield Borough Council

Social media has swarmed on a new memorial commemorating the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

The floral design, which is on display outside Chesterfield's Market Hall, was made as part of the town's "well dressing" celebration, a rural custom which involves making art from flower petals.  

Chesterfield Borough Council have posted photos of the memorial to Facebook, where the response has been less than kind.

One user commented  "Seriously!! ... I hope this was done by a local primary school? Although knowing our council it was probably commissioned for 40 grand."

Another snidely suggested "At least it can double up as a Halloween decoration next month."

While yet another comment read "This is bound to go viral/Make national news...it's horrific."

Not all Facebook feedback was negative however, with user Emma-Leigh Rose saying: "Maybe it's not an exact likeness guys but come on! People have put a lot of effort into this when they didn't need to!"

Chesterfield MP Toby perkins defense of the memorial has been tepid, so far only hesitantly tweeting, "It's what she would have wanted?"