SHE is one of the country's best-known celebrities.

Fashion shoots, showbiz parties, awards nights . . . Nell McAndrew takes them all in her immaculate, stunning stride.

But she has admitted she likes nothing better than browsing round Huddersfield's shops and a cup of coffee in Kingsgate.

Nell was in Huddersfield again this week to join friends at the VIP opening of Lounge 68, a new bar and restaurant in the town centre.

She was with her boyfriend, Huddersfield businessman Paul Hardcastle, and the pair enjoyed a quiet evening in the luxurious surroundings of the John William Street bar, opened last night by Lanson Developments.

Nell, 30, said: "It is great to take time out to relax.

"I have been frantically busy in the past few weeks and I need to unwind.

"I have been modelling since I was 17, but in the past 12 months things have got really hectic, especially since the I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here show on TV.

"I'm in London three or four days a week, because that is where the work is, and I work hard. I need to be there, as it is no good me being 200 miles away when a job comes up.

"But I do love to get back to Yorkshire with Paul whenever we can. I'm still a Leeds lass at heart and he comes from Huddersfield, and we divide our time up here between the two,' she added.

"I love coming to Huddersfield to see Paul's family and there's nothing better than popping down to the Kingsgate centre for a coffee.

"I need to relax. I feel so tired and I know I'm not taking care of myself as much as I ought to. But it's just so busy. Earlier today I was in Manchester, signing copies of my new calendar, next week I'm going to visit the Ark Royal and then, hopefully, in December I fly out to see the troops in Iraq."

Nell is also working hard to promote cancer research, a cause very close to her, especially since her father was diagnosed with lymphoma a few months ago.

"Obviously I'm worried, but my dad just tells me to get on with my life and my work and not to worry.

"He's always been like that, very positive, and I'm trying to be the same. My mum and dad have always supported me, whatever I chose to do. Now it's my turn to be strong for them."


New lounging area!

LOUNGE 68, a 90-seat restaurant, bar and club, is part of a multi-million- pound Lanson conversion in John William Street.

It is on the ground floor of a block of 24 flats.

Lanson managing director Joe Cookson believes it is something that Huddersfield has been missing.

"Huddersfield is well- served for many types of entertainment, but this will fill a gap.

"I'm a Huddersfield man and I see this town getting better and I want to play a part," he added.