Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Degree of Thanks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Degree of Thanks

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Byline: By Cathy Spencer

When author Bill Bryson sang Durham's praises he never guessed that one day he would visit there to be awarded an honorary degree.

The travel writer gave the city a boost when he wrote: "I got off at Durham and fell in love with it instantly in a serious way. Why, it's wonderful - a perfect little city. If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful."

Now the city's university is repaying his kind remarks by awarding him with an honorary degree.

It will be presented to him at Durham Cathedral which he said was "the best cathedral on planet Earth".

Mr Bryson wrote for The Times and The Independent for many years before he became a travel writer, producing books such as The Lost Continent and A Short History of Everything.

Joining him on the day will be Harlequins and England rugby player Will Greenwood who studied economics at Durham University.

He was one of England's most consistent performers in the England team who beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup last year. …

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