Ken Collins, Chairman of Wrington Parish Council, one of the reception committee, being presented to Princess Diana on her visit to the Treatment Centre at Barley Wood.
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Barley Wood’s big dayThe history of Barley Wood includes being home to Hannah More, the Wills Family, and the headquarters of the Mitie Group. Today’s event was probably the most prestigious in all those years.A large crowd of people walked up Long Lane, the whole school, including the Head, Alan Kirkpatrick, and Deputy-head, Jenny Leyton, were bussed up at 11.43am, and among the local dignitaries were the Chairmen of the Parish Council and Woodspring, the predecessor authority to North Somerset Council.As everyone had to be in their places well before the princess’s arrival, the children were given refreshments in a marquee. Police ensured bags were clear of suspicious contents, and there were flags a-plenty.The three-car cavalcade swept up the drive on the dot of 1 o’clock, a bouquet was presented, the princess disappeared to be shown around the house. It was all over !