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Bryan Ferry gets honorary degree
4:38pm Friday 11th July 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Roxy Music singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry has thanked the university that started him on the route to global success as he received an honorary degree.
The 69-year-old, i mmaculately dressed in a dark suit and blue spotted tie with a red and gold gown over the top, was made an honorary Doctor of Music by Newcastle University.
He graduated in Fine Art from the same university in 1968, and four years later Roxy Music emerged as one of the leading acts of the 1970s, producing classic albums such as For Your Pleasure and Avalon.
Ferry, born in Washington, Tyne and Wear, also won acclaim as a solo singer, and became known in the post-Glam era for his sartorial elegance.
Before the ceremony, he said: "I feel honoured to have been awarded this doctorate from my former university. I enjoyed my time at Newcastle, and was fortunate to study with some great teachers and fellow students.
"It was an inspiring time to be an art student in Newcastle, and the city also had an exciting music scene. Music and art have guided my life, and it all started at Newcastle University."
Newcastle University's registrar, Dr John Hogan, said: "We are delighted to welcome back and honour one of our graduates who has achieved so much in his field.
"Newcastle University has an excellent reputation for education in art and music and Mr Ferry is a great example and inspiration to our students graduating in those disciplines this summer."