SWINDON Heritage magazine has finally lifted the lid on its guests of honour being tasked with unveiling Diana Dors’ blue plaque in style this weekend.
Diana’s youngest son – 47-year-old Jason Dors-Lake and his daughter Ruby Lake, 27 - will arrive in Old Town on Saturday to do the honours in remembrance of the town’s silver screen siren.
The Hollywood star will become the latest of Swindon’s great and good to find lasting recognition in her birth town when the house in which she was born is adorned with a blue plaque.
The popular magazine has already unveiled blue plaques in honour of suffragette Edith New and the Starr brothers last year, but the team is keen to ensure the much-celebrated actress and singer is given her own piece of lasting glory in the town. A ceremony will be held outside 61 and 62 Kent Road on Saturday from 11.30am, before Jason and Ruby pull the curtain back on the memorial.
Swindon Heritage researcher Noel Beauchamp said it was fitting that Swindon now paid tribute to Diana in this way.
The only traces of her legacy in the town are currently marked with a statue at Shaw Ridge and a bronze bust created by Enid Mitchell, currently on display at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery on Bath Road.
Jason said: “I can’t wait to get back to Swindon, the last time I was there was when Ruby and I, she was only a baby in my arms then, unveiled the statue of my mother. I have never known the exact location of my mother’s birth so I was very excited when the Swindon Heritage team approached me.”
The magazine has also managed to secure support from Mendip Cars, who will be transporting guests from London to Old Town for the occasion.
Lee Drinkwater, of Mendip Cars, said: “As a Swindon company we were delighted to have been asked to help. Swindon’s heritage needs to be celebrated and to be involved with the Diana Dors project makes us feel very proud. We will be collecting the VIP’s from central London and bringing them to Old Town. After the ceremony we will then return them safely to London.”
Noel Beauchamp, of Swindon Heritage, said the team were delighted to announce their special guests.
He said: “To have one relative of Diana Dors back in Swindon to unveil the plaque is exciting but to have two relatives is very special. Son and granddaughter, it doesn’t get better than that!
"Everybody is welcome to witness the unveiling. We want to give a big warm Swindon welcome Jason and Ruby on the day so get to Kent Road for just before 11.30am."