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Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 16:47 GMT
Poor response to Diana plan
Diana memorial at Althorp Park
The memorial at Althorp Park has proved popular
Residents living near Princess Diana's resting place have shown little interest in how their town should remember her.

A six-month public consultation on how Northampton should mark the life of the princess received just six responses.

The town is close to Diana's ancestral home and resting place, Althorp Park, and she had the freedom of the borough.

Northampton Borough Council says it will push ahead with the memorial despite the poor response.

'Disappointment'

A spokeswoman for the council said: "I think the overall feeling is disappointment that more people didn't get involved.

"But we are still determined to go ahead with the memorial.

Princess Diana
The council will discuss the plans with Diana's family
"It is a few years since her death so obviously feelings are not as strong as they would have been closer to when she died."

Two people suggested a statue, one a flower garden, another a rose garden, another a garden with a fountain and the last one a stained glass memorial.

Councillor Terry Wire, deputy leader of the council, said they would discuss what is to go up with Earl Spencer, Diana's brother.

"There was a view that we did want to do something to remember her because she had the freedom of the borough and she had connections in the town.

"Whatever we do as a council it is only right and proper that we consult her family."

The council is expected to discuss what the memorial should be and where it should go before Christmas.

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