The day Diana, Princess of Wales, made a splash in Sheringham

Diana, the Princess of Wales, unveils a plaque to open the Splash in May 1988. Picture: Archant Libr

Diana, the Princess of Wales, unveils a plaque to open the Splash in May 1988. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Do you remember when Diana came to Sheringham?

Diana, the Princess of Wales, chatting to a young swimmer at the Splash at its official opening. Pic

Diana, the Princess of Wales, chatting to a young swimmer at the Splash at its official opening. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

As many take time this week to remember the princess on the 20th anniversary after her death, people in the north Norfolk town of Sheringham can think back to the day hundreds tried to catch a glimpse of her on a special royal duty in the town.

While she was a regular at Sandringham, especially Christmas Day church services, she made quite a splash when she visited Sheringham to open the new Splash Leisure Centre pool on May 11, 1988.

Wearing an elegant blue suit she spent time chatting to town dignitaries, lifeguards and staff as well as swimmers and school children before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

She collected bouquets of flowers and flags from those who lined the route to meet her.

Newspaper page on Princess Diana. Photo: Archant Library

Newspaper page on Princess Diana. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library


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Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre cost £2.5m and took five years to plan and build but could be knocked down and rebuilt after North Norfolk District Council said the ageing building was in need of modernisation.

Local authority-owned land neighbouring the site could be sold for a new hotel and commercial development to help pay for the £8 million project.

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The council hasn't ruled out refurbishing the pool but it is not thought to be the most cost effective option.

Were you among the crowds on May 11, 1988? Send us your photos of Diana at Sheringham by email to adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk.

Newspaper page on Princess Diana. Photo: Archant Library

Newspaper page on Princess Diana. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

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North Norfolk MP Ralph Howell and his wife Margaret are presented to the Princess of Wales outside the Sheringham Leisure Pool. Dated: May 11th, 1988

Princess Diana visiting Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham, in 1988. Picture: Archant

Princess Diana visiting Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham, in 1988. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

ROYAL FAMILY
PRINCESS OF WALES VISIT TO SHERINGHAM SPLASH
MAY 1988
PRINT C2106
NEG B05319-20A

ROYAL FAMILY PRINCESS OF WALES VISIT TO SHERINGHAM SPLASH MAY 1988 PRINT C2106 NEG B05319-20A

Princess Diana visiting Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham, in 1988. Picture: Archant

Princess Diana visiting Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham, in 1988. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Princess Diana visiting Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham, in 1988. Picture: Archant

Princess Diana visiting Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham, in 1988. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

ROYAL FAMILY
PRINCESS DIANA VISIT TO SHERINGHAM SPLASH
MAY 1988
PRINT C2119
NEG B05317-37

ROYAL FAMILY PRINCESS DIANA VISIT TO SHERINGHAM SPLASH MAY 1988 PRINT C2119 NEG B05317-37

Princess Diana at Sheringham Splash Leisure Centre in the 1980s.

Princess Diana at Sheringham Splash Leisure Centre in the 1980s.

ROYAL FAMILY
PRINCESS DIANA VISIT TO SHERINGHAM SPLASH
MAY 1988
PRINT C2121
NEG B05318-19A

ROYAL FAMILY PRINCESS DIANA VISIT TO SHERINGHAM SPLASH MAY 1988 PRINT C2121 NEG B05318-19A

ROYAL FAMILY
PRINCESS DIANE VISIT TO SHERINGHAM
MAY 1988
PRINT C2145
NEG B05317-33

ROYAL FAMILY PRINCESS DIANE VISIT TO SHERINGHAM MAY 1988 PRINT C2145 NEG B05317-33

pic from 1988 when Princess Diana opened Splash swimming pool and leisure centre in Sheringham.
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pic from 1988 when Princess Diana opened Splash swimming pool and leisure centre in Sheringham. submitted

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