SAFC legend Jimmy Montgomery among those to honoured by Sunderland University

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FOOTBALL legend Jimmy Montgomery is among those set to be honoured by the University of Sunderland.

Joining him at award ceremonies next month will be comedian and sitcom writer Jason Cook and author Ann Cleeves.

Also being recognised by the university are the Rotary Club of Sunderland, chief scientific officer for England, Professor Sue Hill, Sunderland AFC commercial director, Gary Hutchinson, and Sunderland-born president of Vantec World Transport USA, Chris Haley.

The week-long graduation ceremonies, beginning Monday, July 7, at the Stadium of Light are an opportunity for graduates to celebrate their success with friends, family and loved ones.

Former Black Cats star, Jimmy Montgomery, best known for sealing his place in football history in the 1973 FA Cup Final with his double save, is to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Sunderland Football Club and support for the City of Sunderland.

Ann Cleeves, author of 28 books, including the bestselling Vera Stanhope novels, which have been turned into critically acclaimed TV drama, Vera, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a crime writer.

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Fidler, said: “Our honoraries have all made highly significant contributions within their fields and will inspire our graduates as they celebrate their academic success and embark on their careers.

“We look forward to welcoming them and are proud to pay tribute to them.”