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Last Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Degree honour for TV weather man
Fred Talbot
Fred Talbot used to be a biology school teacher
The television presenter and weather forecaster Fred Talbot has been awarded an honorary doctor of science degree for his services to the environment.

Talbot, who presented weather reports from a floating map at Liverpool's Albert Dock, received his award from Manchester Metropolitan University.

The university praised his role in making environmental issues "accessible to millions".

Accepting the award, Talbot said it was a "wonderful surprise".

Professor Callum Thomas from the university said: "Fred has a way of cutting through the jargon and the rhetoric to the basic message: this is our precious planet, let's look after it."

Born in Edinburgh in 1949, Fred Talbot was brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire, and taught biology at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

His broadcasting career began on a weekly astronomy programme for radio, and progressed to presenting news and weather reports from the north west of England.

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