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|Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:13 pm Post subject: Di fan Terry clashes with police at palace
|Di fan Terry clashes with police at palace
PEOPLE'S champion Terry Hutt managed to carry on camping, despite a police challenge, when he set up overnight in the grounds of Kensington Palace before the ninth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.
Terry, 71, who used to live in Waltham Abbey and still has strong connections with the Waltham Abbey Pensioners' Action Group, says he had to get permission from Buckingham Palace before being allowed to bed down for the night in a small Union Jack tent near the palace gates after the park was shut.
Terry, who is famous around the globe for his right royal antics, had gone to Kensington Palace to honour the late princess's memory and place candles and flowers and keep a vigil the following day.
But he admitted: "I camped out over night - with difficulty! I almost had a dozen policemen chasing me around."
He started camping out around 8pm in the company of another Di fan, Julie Cane, from Newcastle - but it took some time to convince a succession of police officers that he was not going to cause any trouble and "behave himself".
"They were thinking about arresting me," he laughed. "I thought 'that will make a good news story!'"
In the end, he was allowed to camp out with Julie, who slept in the same tent with a "partition" between them made from the trolley he uses to take all his gear around!
"We were the only ones in the park. But it's our country and I am not going to be pushed around."
Terry, who now lives near Royston, Herts, placed flowers and scores of candles in the park for people who could not get to the park.
Diana, Princess of Wales is and always will be The People's Princess.