Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Visit to Grimsby

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited Grimsby, Licolnshire, today, March 3, 2013 in the north of England. After a delay due to the weather, Catherine arrived from London via helicopter.

The marinetown currently has some of the highest unemployment rates in England, especially among youths; one in three young persons struggle to find work. The area has been working with the Prince's Trust to help get back on its feet.

The first stop on Kate Middleton's visit to Grimsby was to the National Fishing Heritage Center.  She was greeted by young Lucy Bell, 3, with a posy flower bouquet.  Lead by trawlerman and former 'Ross Tiger' skipper John Vincent, Kate toured the center's facilities during her 45 minute visit to the museum. 
Prior to the visit, Catherine requested to meet with a local expert to discuss fishing sustainability (a cause close to her father-in-laws heart), the center brought in local trawlerman Kurt Christensen for these talks.

Originally, Kate's visit to Grimsby was to visit was to view programs sponsored by the Prince's Trust; however, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire suggested that she also visit the Fishing Heritage Center during her stay given the areas rich maritime history.

After a five minute meet and greet with the crowd outside the center, Kate visited the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service at Peaks Lane Fire Station.  The Duchess met with the on-duty firemen and firewomen, as well as young people participating in personal development Team programme at the station run by the Prince's Trust charity, during her hour long stay.  The course is a 12-week program for teenagers, to help develop team-building and CV writing skills.
Afterwards, Catherine made her third and final stop to see the renovated Havelock Academy.  Kate took a tour of the school, the hockey facility and she also met with an A-level photography group while officially opening the academy.

Students prepared homemade biscuits and a musical performance to welcome the Duchess.  The school, located in a hard hit area of Grimsby, educates 1,000 pupils aged 11-18.
Pictures: Zimbio

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