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Last Updated: Friday, 14 July 2006, 05:35 GMT 06:35 UK
Attenboroughs honoured at 'home'
Sir David and Lord Attenborough
The Attenboroughs grew up at the university
Richard and David Attenborough have returned to the university they once called home to receive special honours.

As children, the two famous brothers lived on campus at the University of Leicester where their father, Frederick, was principal.

More than 60 years later, they were invited back to be made distinguished honorary fellows.

When asked what their father would think of the awards, Lord Attenborough, 82, said: "He would have laughed."

The university created the fellowships, which can be held by no more than 24 people at any one time, last year.

Lord Attenborough, who is a Oscar-winning film director, has already given his name to a centre for disability in the arts at the university.

And Sir David, 80, the award-winning TV naturalist, has maintained links with the university, including giving lectures.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess said: "As we celebrate the success of our students, we are always delighted to award honorary degrees to people whose contribution to their local communities, society and the world at large is indisputable."

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