The Princess made a flying visit to British Aerospace, Warton, as the first part of her three-hour trip to the county. She was greeted by a line-up of dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Simon Towneley and the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Councillor John and Mavis Tavernor. After being introduced, she was whisked away in a 10-car motorcade to Nelson, east Lancashire.
Princess Diana came to Nelson in her capacity as patron of the Help the Aged Charity in what was the first Royal visit to Pendle since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh came here in 1955.
Pendle people packed the streets of the town in their thousands to cheer the People’s Princess, waved Union Jacks and handed over countless bunches of flowers as she was shown the Pakistan Welfare Association’s drop-in centre for the elderly in Victoria Street, buying it a microwave oven herself after noticing it did not have one, although it was later stolen in a burglary. She gifted the town with an autographed photo of herself.
She then went on to meet 18 members of the executive committee at the Ithaad welfare office in Cross Street and she later had a buffet lunch with the then Mayor, Coun. Miss Doris Riding, Mayoress Coun. Edwina Sargeant and other civic dignitaries at the town hall. Catering students from Nelson and Colne College produced the beautiful buffet lunch at the town hall in her honour. ITHADD is Punjabi, meaning “United.”