FORMER Black Cats chairman Sir Bob Murray returned to his educational roots to present achievement awards.
The businessman, who is also a sponsor of Academy 360 and chairman of the football charity, Foundation of Light, was guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony where he sponsors four new special achievement awards which he presented to students.
Sir Bob said: “I was thrilled to be invited.
“As a former student, it was a great opportunity to share my personal story and demonstrate the power of education to transform a young person’s life – namely my own. I left school with just one O-level, and with twice as many people looking for jobs due to the baby boom after the war, I was unemployed for a year. It was a really difficult time for me and changed my outlook on life forever.
“I realised the value and importance of education and studied part-time for the next 10 years to further my education and never looked back. I am truly passionate about education.
“I had a wonderful evening meeting the students and their families and celebrating their outstanding achievements and success.”