Hundreds greet Kate
THE Duchess of Cambridge arrived in a cold, foggy Grimsby more than an hour late yesterday but beaming at the hundreds who turned out to see her.
Kate, whose helicopter from Kensington Palace was severely delayed due to adverse weather, smiled as flag-waving crowds chanted "We want Kate".
The Duchess began her visit at the North East Lincolnshire town's National Fishing Heritage Centre at 12.45pm – her first of three engagements.
On her arrival at the dockside museum, the Duchess met local dignitaries before being given a tour of the centre, which celebrates the region's strong fishing heritage.
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UNDER-FIRE NHS boss Sir David Nicholson says he is "absolutely determined" to stay in his job despite admitting failures over the Stafford Hospital scandal.
Giving evidence to the health select committee yesterday Sir David said the "NHS lost its focus" and he conceded that he "was a part of that".
But he again rebuffed calls for him to resign, saying he wanted to lead the NHS through coming health reforms.
He was in charge of the regional health authority for 10 months between 2005 and 2006 – the height of the failings in care at the trust.
BIG-SIX energy supplier Npower unveiled soaring profits yesterday after its customers fired up the heating in a colder 2012.
The company, which courted public and political anger with a 9% increase in energy tariffs in November, said profits were 25% higher at £390 million, compared with £313 million in 2011.
It lost 70,000 customers last year but said its remaining 3.9 million used more energy in last year's freezing temperatures. UK revenues increased 29% to 2.2 billion euros (£1.9 billion) following the price hike.