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56  CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 13 &apos; h19, 1998 Rehoboth salon owner will trek to late Princess Diana memorial in July By Jen Ellingsworth Like millions of people world- wide, Drexel Davison was devas- tated when he heard about Princess Diana's death in a Paris car crash last August. The owner of Bad Hair Day? on Lake Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Davi- son said he was at a friend's din- ner party when the news was broadcast on television. DAVISON "I've got chills right now just thinking about it," he said. "It's like the whole world just stopped." Some time later, Davison said he was watching the "Larry King Live" program and heard about an 800-number to order tickets to the memorial at Althorp, the family home of Princess Diana. Davison said when he saw the number on TV, he immediately began calling the overseas, long- distance operator. After about three tries, he struck paydirt. "When they [the operator] an- swered the phone I was so excit- ed," he said. "The line wasn't busy. I told the operator to make sure to let it keep ringing until someone picked up." His patience was rewarded with an answering machine message indicating that many of the tickets (including those for the first two weekends) were completely booked. Davison ordered six tick- ets, the maximum allowed per person. He said he plans to take friends and family along with him. The response was so monumen- tal for tickets (priced at $15.60 apiece) that the hotline, at one point, received 10,000 calls in a single minute. Two hundred-twenty phone op- erators began selling the tickets at 9 a.m. on Jan. 6. Nearly 10,000 tickets were sold in the first few Princess Diana memorial at Alth0rp Park hours; much of the entire batch of 152,000 sold out the following week. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, a charitable trust. Althorp, the home of the Spencer family since 1508, has become the focal point for much of the world since the death of Princess Diana Spearheaded by interior designer Rasshied Din, the memorial is patterned after those exhibits at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. During its first year, the Althorp memorial will be Open from July 1 until Aug. 30. Ticket-holders will be granted admission to the muse- um, a converted 12,000-square- foot stable on the Spencer estate, about 75 miles northwest of Lon- don. The displays inside will in- clude previously unseen child- hood personal effects, including. rare photographs. Admission also permits visitors to view - from across the water - the island that is the final resting place of Princess Diana. The is- land is located in the "Round Oval," an ornamental lake, and is marked by a temple at the edge of the lake. There is no public access to the island itself. Davison said he and others, in- cluding his mother and father and stylist Ed Major, will make the trek to Althorp in July. He said al- though the memorial has generat- worked hard enough to get ed, and continues to generate, through [to order tickets] want to controversy over the appropriate- pay tribute to her in a restmctful, ness of charging admission to peaceful and very solemn way." view the sacred spot, he feels the Davison said he plans to give a memorial will facilitate those who live report, via cell phone, from wish to respectably pay homage to Althorp to a local radio station the late princess, and encourages local schools, "Some people think that it business and other organizations cheapens her image," he said. "I to call him at 226q407 if they'd think it's a great way t o pay trib- like to send letters or cards to the ute to her. The people who memorial. 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