Coverage of the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Grimsby
AFTER a delay of over an hour due to this morning's thick fog, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Grimsby shortly before 1pm yesterday.
During her visit, she was taken on a tour of the Fishing Heritage Centre and also be made her way to Peaks Lane Fire Station and Havelock Academy.
Throughout the day we were live streaming from some of the venues she visited and posted video clips, Tweets, photos and text coverage which you can find below.
More pictures and reaction feature in a special 16-page supplement in today's Grimsby Telegraph.
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UPDATES AND VIDEOS
3.35pm: The Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Grimsby is now drawing to a close. There will be plenty of reaction in Wednesday's Grimsby Telegraph including a 16-page souvenir supplement.
3.20pm: Friends Michelle Day and Emma Ringwood together with Emma’s daughter Sienna Holmes, 2, from Columbia Road, went to Havelock Academy to see Kate.
They said: “We are really excited and can’t wait to see the Duchess.
“We are big fans of hers and we have been waiting for around an hour.
“We watched the Royal wedding too and we really loved her dress.
“We cannot wait to see what she is wearing today.”
Student of Havelock Academy Luke Bradley, 12, said: “This is a great opportunity to see the Duchess and we are all really excited to have her coming to our school.
“I hope she enjoys the tour and it is great that a royal has come to Grimsby.”
Meanwhile, Debbie Brown, 42, of Grimsby, saw Kate at the Fishing Heritage Centre and asked her how the baby was and if it was kicking.
According to Debbie the Duchess replied: “Very much so.”
2.55pm: The Duchess is now arriving at Havelock Academy.
2.46pm: The Duchess is now on her way to Havelock Academy. We'll be live streaming from there so keep your eyes on the player above.
2.42pm: There are some disappointed people in the crowd at Peaks Lane Fire Station as the Duchess leaves in a car.
2.35pm: Students at Havelock Academy are excited about meeting the Duchess.
The same goes for Principal Nigel Whittle, who said: "It's really, really special for us here at Havelock. I was appointed in November and last time I was interviewed by Grimsby Telegraph, I talked about opportunity for all our children. What better opportunity this?
"I talked about broadening horizons and this is the perfect visualisation of that. I've been trying to get students to believe that they DO matter - and this proves it. Now, I can say to students, 'the Duchess of Cambridge came here to see you and your talents'.
"All my assemblies last week have been trying to bring it home to students just how important this visit is, so they know how important they are. She is listed in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list. She is the perfect role-model. I've been saying 'look who this is and look who they've come to see'.
"The students are stopping me in the corridor every day to tell me just how excited they are about this visit - and how grateful they are for it. They have a lot of thanks to the Duchess. This is very special to them.
"We've been preparing the school to be the best it can be all week. The students have been involved in the process from the beginning so they can say they have played their part. I want them to be able to say in ten or fifteen years, 'I performed for Kate Middleton', or, 'Kate Middleton liked my photography'.
"This is an exciting time for the school. We've had a £20-million investment in this fantastic building. Last summer, we got the best exam results ever. Now, one of the greatest role-models in the world has come to visit THIS school. We are really on the up and if I was a parent in Grimsby, I wouldn't be sending my child anywhere else."
2.20pm: The crowd outside the fire station are shouting "We want Kate!" as they wait for her to emerge.
2.10pm: The latest information is that the Duchess will arrive at Havelock Academy at 2.40pm.
1.50pm: She has now arrived at Peaks Lane Fire Station and is talking to patients from St Andrew's Hospice.
1.40pm: The Duchess has left the Fishing Heritage Centre and is now heading to Peaks Lane Fire Station.
Waiting there is July Campbell, 72, of Coniston Avenue, Scartho, who said: "We got here about 11.30. She's beautiful. I like all the Royals.
"I have seen Diana and Princess Anne. My daughter lives round the corner. It's really great for the town. When you are away there's a lot of people say 'Grimsby, I've never heard of it' and now it's been on the television all the time. I think it's lovely. She is so natural and gorgeous."
Her daughter Sharon Campbell, 42, of Haigh Court, Grimsby, said: "I don't like all the Royal family but I do like Diana, William and Kate. It's my day off so it's even better. It's just her ways. She's lovely. I think she's popular because she's younger than the others."
Mary Cowley, 71, of Bursar street, Cleethorpes, is also looking forward to seeing the Duchess at Peaks Lane Fire Station. She said: "I went to the Royal wedding with my daughter and granddaughter. We slept on the Mall. We didn't do that last night though because there's not quite as many people as there was on the Mall! I'm a big fan of the Royal family.
"I like Kate because she's normal and she's very good with people. She's very down to earth. She's like Princess Diana. She and William are following in Princess Diana's footsteps. When the Queen came for the Silver Jubilee I took my daughter to see her at Grimsby Town Hall and I said to her 'The Queen always stops for anybody in uniform so I put her a Brownies uniform on, picked some roses for her, got her down to the town hall and the Queen stopped and took the flowers from her which was marvellous."
Husband Bryan Cowley, 70, said: "I'm a royalist. I think a lot of the Royal family. Diana was my favourite. Kate is a very nice person and she will make a good Queen. But we will never better this Queen. It's great for the town. It's beautiful for the town. I hope there will be a big crowd to welcome her.
"We got here at about 11 o'clock. We were going to go to the Fishing Heritage Centre. I'm an ex fisherman from the Ross Tiger. We came here to get a good position."
1.30pm: Reporter Dan Russell tweets to say the Duchess is "impressed by how authentic the Fishing Heritage Centre is".
1.20pm: The Duchess of Cambridge will shortly be leaving the Fishing Heritage Centre to greet the crowds.
1.05pm: The Duchess is now touring the Fishing Heritage Centre. Videos of her arriving are now below.
12.55pm: As children in the crowd shouted "We Love Kate!", the Duchess - wearing a chestnut brown Hobbs coat - greeted officials before being handed a posy of flowers by three-year-old Lucy Bell. Waving to the crowd, she was then led inside by operations manager Sue Marshall.
12.48pm: The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at the Fishing Heritage Centre.
12.30pm: Not long now. The Duchess is expected to arrive at the Fishing Heritage Centre in 10-15 minutes.
12.25pm: The latest from Peaks Lane Fire Station (the Duchess of Cambridge's second stop) is that that she will arrive there at 1.35pm.
12.20pm: A reliable source has told us that the Duchess has just landed at Humberside Airport and will soon be heading towards Grimsby.
11.45am: We're still around 45 minutes away from the Duchess of Cambridge's arrival at the Fishing Heritage Centre.
Susan Davies from new Waltham arrived at 9am and she has four layers on to keep warm. She said: "I think she's a natural royal and she would be a great queen.
"I watched the royal wedding and follow them. I want to see her baby bump but I don't think I will because she will probably have a coat on.
Faye Corridan, from Scunthorpe, is due to have a baby the same time as Kate and she cannot wait to compare baby bumps. She said: "I have been keeping up to date with the royals and its great that Kate is visiting such a local area. I am a big fan of hers and I hope she has a healthy happy baby."
Phil Morris brought his children Charlotte, 6, and Sophie, 4. They have come from Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire because Phil is based there as a combat medic but he is originally from Grimsby. He said: "It will be the third royal I have seen because I ate lunch with Prince Harry.
"Even though she is delayed we will stick it out we are all wrapped up warm. Charlotte said I am excited and I can't wait to see her I hope she isn't too much longer!"
11.25am: The Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Peaks Lane Fire Station this afternoon. Waiting for her arrival is Mavis Bolsover, 65, of Farebrother Street, Grimsby.
She said: "She's a lovely lady. I have brought my daughter Sarah and she wanted to come along. She loves the Royal family.
"I have seen all the others. I saw the Queen in Grimsby and I saw Princess Anne at the Lincolnshire Show.
"I went to see Prince Charles at Cleethorpes. For her to choose Grimsby of all places is wonderful. There's a lot said about Grimsby but it's a lovely place. I hope she sees that Grimsby is a happy place.
"She's going to meet lots of nice people. We have been here since nine this morning and we thought there would be a lot more people here.
"It was really cold first thing. We will stand here until she comes."
11.20am: Lots of excitement outside of the Fishing Heritage Centre. Sarell Worley from Goxhill is there with her children Zara, 6, William, 5, and Henry, 3.
She said: “Kate is a really good role model so I thought it would be good for the children to see.
“It’s a great opportunity for my children to see the future queen.
Zara added: “I want to ask Kate what is it like to live in Buckingham Palace.”
Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell and wife Linda are also in the crowd.
Mr Mitchell said: “It is very exciting that we are getting a royal visit.
“Grimsby is the essence of the real world and it is good that Kate is coming to experience it.
“I would be more than happy to explain to her the history of our town.
“It is good to see the crowds and I hope the weather improves a bit.
“The coverage in the Grimsby Telegraph has been excellent especially today’s front page.”
Mary Taylor has taken a souvenir newspaper of the Royal wedding to the Heritage Centre to wave at Kate.
“I follow Kate and enjoyed watching the wedding.
“I can’t wait to see her and see what she’s wearing. I saw the Queen visit the docks in 1958.”
Hayley Littlefair, 37, took her 15-month-old daughter Ellie May Russell.
“We are both wrapped up warm and it will be fantastic to see her.
“I will be able to tell Ellie that she saw her. Kate is a good role model.”
11.15am: The Duchess of Cambridge is currently predicted to arrive between 12.30pm and 1pm.
10.20am: Palace officials have confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge will be late arriving into Grimsby due to this morning's fog.
They are not putting a time on it, but she's likely to be at least 30 minutes late.
10am:Palace officials have confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge may be late arriving into Grimsby due to this morning's fog.
While they said it was very unlikely the visit would have to be abandoned entirely, the weather may mean she is forced to delay setting off.
9.20am: Maureen Helton from Grimsby said, "I have been here since 8.45 and I have took the day off work.
"I think Kate is an ambassador for the royals and she is a lovely person.
"She is a fashion icon and it's a shame William isn't coming.
"I watched the royal wedding and took the day off for that too."
Diane Burton from Grimsby has been waiting since 7.15 and hopes to hand the duchess a teddy for the baby. She said, "I hope it's a girl so the middle name can be Diana.
"I want to see her wedding ring sparkle but I don't think I will do in this weather! We are lucky to see the royals here in Grimsby."