Prince William takes part in first rescue

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Prince William has taken part in his first rescue flight for the search and rescue force.

The Prince was co-pilot on board an RAF Sea King helicopter which was called to an off-shore gas rig in Morecambe Bay where a man was seriously ill.

A spokesman for Prince William said: "Prince William is pleased finally to be able to contribute to the life-saving work of the search and rescue force. He is proud, after two years of intense training, to be able to serve in one of Britain's foremost emergency services."


Actor David Tennant described his failed effort to crack US TV as an "interesting learning curve".

The former Doctor Who star was hoping to make it big with a starring role in Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, but after heading to Los Angeles, TV chiefs in the US did not commission a full series of the show following the pilot episode.

Tennant told Radio Times that he has still not been informed what went wrong. "These are enormous empires and you don't hear anything, you just get told what to do," he said.


Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas are not ready to take off their dresses, as they have unveiled a pair of new laydees.

The duo have unveiled new characters Keeley and Melody, a pair of check-in staff who appear in their forthcoming BBC1 comedy Come Fly With Me. The cheesy-grinned staff work for budget airline Fly Lo in the airport-based series which is currently filming.

The show, which sees Walliams playing Melody while Lucas is Keeley, is due to be screened later this year.


Cookery writer and novelist Prue Leith said it was a "terrific thrill" to be awarded a CBE for services to the catering industry.

The South African collected her second and latest honour from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Coming out of the chamber, she joked that she would love to wear her CBE alongside her OBE, with one on each shoulder.


An 18-year-old who lives in Malta has been crowned Britain's Next Top Model.

Tiffany Pisani, who was born in Wolverhampton, won the contest after a televised live final.

The 5ft 9in teenager beat competition from Joy McLaren and Alisha White to win a contract with Models 1, a fashion shoot with Company magazine, and an advertising campaign with make-up firm Revlon.


Claims that X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu was kicked off the show because of worries over her immigration status have been rubbished as the clamour for her to be re-instated grows.

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to a Facebook group called "Gamu should have got through" after Cheryl Cole told the 18-year-old, who left her native Zimbabwe for Scotland five years ago, she could not take her any further forward in show.

A spokeswoman for the ITV1 talent show said: "Gamu's visa being processed was not the reason that she didn't make the final 12."

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