Grown men were crying in the streets, television programmes were replaced by sombre music and West Ham and Millwall supporters sloppily embraced each other in their shared grief. Anyone caught laughing or having a good time was immediately bound and flogged. But what was the real cause of this unprecedented display of emotion?
According to Professor Boyd-Dexter from the University of Perry Bar, 31 August 1997 was the day the massive cannabis fields in northern France were set alight and highly narcotic fumes were blown across the Channel. ‘That may sound implausible,’ he said, ‘but surely it is more likely than mass hysteria over the death of a dim posh bird they had never met, who had married a wealthy man far too old for her, went off with a dozen other men and was shagging one of them on a gigantic yacht the day before she died?’
the people’s poet