IT is 40 years ago that Warrington came to a standstill to welcome Princess Diana and Prince Charles to town.

So we have gone back in our archives to remember her visit to Warrington.

Remarkable crowds packed Warrington town centre for the arrival of the Royal couple in 1984.

And it was the presence of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in May of that year that saw the town centre brimming with visitors.

Warrington Guardian:

The couple came to open the Alice in Wonderland statue at Golden Square Shopping Centre which still stands close to the Old Fish Market.

The visit coincided with the completion of a £25 million project to develop the site by Legal and General.

The Princess, who was dressed in navy and white, was pregnant with her second child, Prince Harry, during the visit and onlookers came from as far as Yorkshire to be in the crowd.

A special supplement was printed by the Warrington Guardian to mark the occasion.

Warrington Guardian:

It read: “One expects royalty to be highly fashionable, but the Princess of Wales surely deserves some praise for her choice of hosiery some weeks ago.

“Despite her hectic lifestyle and her pregnancy, she still caused a stir by turning up wearing sheer tights and butterfly bows at the ankles.

“The tights were originated by Pierre Mantoux in Milan and other devotees of the hose, at just under £10 a pair, are singer Kim Wilde and actress Susannah York.”

During the day, children dressed as characters from the Mad Hatter’s tea party as the town celebrated the sculpture which was designed and completed by Edwin Russell.

Ten-year-old Larie Morris, from Padgate, presented a bouquet to the Princess after the sculpture was unveiled.

Warrington Guardian:

While helium balloons and Union flags were on sale in the town centre to mark the royal day.

After the opening, the couple met crowds in Market Gate before heading to Manchester Airport to fly home.