Sunderland University honours Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry

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WEARSIDE-RAISED rock star Bryan Ferry is to receive an honorary degree from a North East university.

The Roxy Music frontman, who was born and bred in Washington, is to get an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Newcastle University later this year.

It will be the second time that the 68-year-old will have graduated from the university, having studied Fine Art there in the late 1960s.

Less than five years after completing his studies, Roxy Music burst onto the popular music scene with their first top five hit Virginia Plain, going on to become one of the most successful groups of the 1970s and 1980s.

Former Washington Grammar-Technical School pupil Mr Ferry, who counts ex-Everton footballer and manager Howard Kendall as one of his classmates, said: “The four years I spent at Newcastle University’s Fine Art Department were crucial in my development as an artist and musician.

“When I was there, studying under the great Richard Hamilton, I met many like-minded students who became friends for life.

“Coming back to the university to receive this award will rekindle so many memories of an exceptional period in my life.”

As well as his success with Roxy Music, Mr Ferry has also recorded a number of critically acclaimed solo albums since the early 1970s.

He was awarded a CBE in 2012 for his services to music and in the same year was made an Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French.

Mr Ferry will be given the degree on Friday, July 11.

Also receiving a degree will be renowned bioscientist Sir Paul Nurse, who will become an honorary Doctor of Science for his work into cancer research and cell biology.