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Sir Terry Wogan to receive honorary degree from the University of Leicester

Ceremony on Friday 16 July at 3pm

Issued in 01 July 2010

Jpeg images of Sir Terry in previous visits to Leicester available from pressoffice@le.ac.uk

A SEPARATE OPERATIONAL NOTE FOR MEDIA COVERING THE HONORARY DEGREE WILL BE ISSUED NEARER THE DATE OF THE CEREMONY

The popular broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan is to receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester on Friday 16th July at 3pm at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: “Sir Terry Wogan is a brilliant broadcaster who has touched many people's lives over a long and distinguished career. We are proud of his connection with the University of Leicester and delighted to be associated with some of his charitable work. It is very appropriate for the University to award him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.”

Sir Terry commented: “For many years my radio listeners and I conducted a fruitless search for the ‘Lost City’ of Leicester. I discovered the City on 21st November 1984, and am now the proud possessor of ‘The Leicester Spoon’.

“The University of Leicester has been the generous and hospitable host for some years to me and my loyal listeners, for the three-day Mardi Gras that is the TOGS’ CONVENTION.”

Speaking on the occasion of his last visit to the University, Sir Terry said: “What is memorable about Leicester is the kind of welcome you get from the University for the TOGs. That is why they keep coming back.

“I would like to have been a student here - it looks like a really nice campus. I am not being sycophantic, but the University of Leicester has a very good reputation. I am deeply honoured to have been offered an Honorary Doctor of Laws. I will, of course, now demand a certain amount of respect”

Sir Michael Terence Wogan was born in Limerick, Ireland, on 3rd August 1938. He is married to Helen (Joyce) and they have three children, Alan, Mark and Katherine.

He has been the presenter of innumerable TV and Radio shows, and winner of many awards. He is also the writer of numerous books.

Terry Wogan has presented ‘Children in Need’ since its inception in 1980, and helped to raise over half a billion pounds for the charity.

He was created an Honorary OBE by her Majesty and received an Honorary Knighthood, KBE, as well as a Knighthood in Ordinary. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from Limerick University and is a Freeman of the City of Limerick, Ireland, and Freeman of the City of London.

Norman Macintosh from TOGS said: “We are over the moon with the announcement of the Honorary Doctorate . It is a very nice gesture for Sir Terry who, I think, has more of an affiliation for Leicester than for some other places. He enjoys the time at the University, and he says they look after us very well. It’s a lovely honour to give him.”

You can view a photo gallery of Sir Terry at Leicester here:

http://www2.le.ac.uk/ebulletin/news/2000-2009/2007/09/nparticle.2007-09-04.2167449547

Notes to Editors: For more information please contact the University of Leicester press office: 0116 252 3335

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