Fishing Heritage Centre staff prepare for arrival of Duchess of Cambridge
THE Fishing Heritage Centre will be Kate Middleton's first
port of call when she arrives in Grimsby tomorrow – and staff there can't wait
to meet her.
Operations manager Sue Marshall says the team has practiced
the Duchess of Cambridge's arrival and tour of the centre countless times to
ensure nothing goes wrong.
Kate will be welcomed at the centre by three-year-old Lucy
Bell, who will present her with a posy of flowers, before being led inside by
Sue, who has been at the centre for five years, added: "Kate
was originally coming to Grimsby just to find out more about the work the fire
service does with the Princes' Trust.
"It actually was the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire who
suggested that she come here, and we're so glad that he did!
"We are all absolutely thrilled and have been getting our
timings exactly right as she's only here for 45 minutes.
"I must have run through meeting her about 50,000 times in
my head but I don't know what I'm going to say, I think it's best to just go
with the flow.
"She's such an approachable royal, and absolutely beautiful
of course, that I think lots of people will come to see her. We had barriers
delivered today because we are expecting people to camp over."
John Vincent, a former skipper of the Ross Tiger, will lead
Kate around the centre, before she stops for refreshments in the exhibition
room and meets trawler owner Kurt Christensen, who will talk to her about sustainable
Sue, who has bought a new outfit for the occasion, added:
"Kate specifically requested that there be somebody here to talk about
sustainable fishing and Kurt is an expert in that field.
"I think it's wonderful that she's trying to show an
interest in what the town is so famous for.
"It's going to have such a positive impact on the area as we
are going to be at the centre of the world's attention tomorrow. I just hope
the Fishing Heritage Centre does North East Lincolnshire proud."
When she leaves the centre, Kate will spend five minutes
meeting the crowds.