25/09/2013 17:15 | By Barcroft Media, contributor, MSN Her
Diana fanatics show off impressive memorabilia collection

Meet Ken and Jo Dobson, Diana memorabilia collectors



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Ken and Jo Dobson - 'Britain's biggest Diana fanatics' - claim to have experienced ‘unmistakable’ signals from Lady Diana - and even believe they have seen her spirit.

The pair have been enamoured by the People’s Princess since she entered the public conscience with her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981.

Over the last 30 years they have amassed hundreds of collectibles worth thousands and have dedicated every part of their lives to preserving her memory.

Jo, 74, said: "We've loved Diana from day one. There was something about that young lady that just drew you to her. We can't explain it - we just loved her."

However, it was only following her tragic death in Paris in 1997 that they decided formalise their devotion by co-founding the 'Diana Circle UK'.

"There are seven of us all together and we started this two years after Diana died,” said Jo, of Hucclecote, Gloucester.

"We were all standing outside Kensington Palace and we said ‘this woman must never be forgotten - we must keep her memory alive.’"

Every inch of their modest bungalow is now dedicated to Diana and they have so many photographs, sketches, plates and dolls that they are considering getting planning permission for an extension - or even erecting a tent in their garden.

They believe the huge collection could be worth a five-figure sum – but would never sell.

The couple say they are also in contact with Diana's former butler Paul Burrell and speak to him ‘once a week’.

They constantly study the circumstances of her death and have no doubt she was murdered.

"She was a like a lamb to the slaughter,” added Ken, who has recently lost his sight and believes Diana helped him through his stints in hospital.

"We don't think the truth will come out in our time - but it will in years to come."

Despite their determination to keep Diana's memory alive, they are horrified by the release of the new film, ‘Diana’ which hit cinemas earlier this month.

Jo, who says the only royals she has time for are Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, said: "We’ve got no time for this Diana film. I think in a way its disgusting they’ve done this because 16 years on and that young girl could not be laid to rest.

"It’s ruining Diana’s reputation, that poor girl. She’s done a lot for this country.”

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