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Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Sir David Frost honoured by UEA
Sir David Frost and colleagues
Satire pioneer and broadcaster Sir David Frost honoured by the University of East Anglia
Broadcaster Sir David Frost and author Louis de Bernieres are among a varied group being honoured by the University of East Anglia this year.

Under its theme of achievement, the Norwich-based university is awarding Sir David an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree.

The presenter pioneered television satire in the 60s with programmes like That Was the Week That Was.

He has become an interviewer of many key national and international figures.

He was born, the son of a vicar in Suffolk, and was educated at Cambridge University.

Acclaimed novelist

Author Louis de Bernieres, best known for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, has written a number of acclaimed novels and also lives in Suffolk.

He receives an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

The university, with a strong commitment to development studies and the Third World, is also to honour Bob Geldof a member of the new Commission for Africa, which was his brainchild.

Famine relief worker

The hit song he inspired Do they know it's Christmas raised 8 million for famine relief in Ethiopia and the simultaneous Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia and Sport Aid raised 50 million each.

He will become an honorary Doctor of Civil Law.

Prolific British film director Stephen Frears will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree and children's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes becomes a Doctor of Letters.

Regional people

Local people are also to receive awards.

Patrick Snowball, executive director of Norwich Union receives a Doctor of Civil Law in recognition of the continued collaborations between the insurance firm and various departments of UEA.

John Alston receives a Doctor of Civil Law for his work as leader and chairman of Norfolk County Council as well as other local bodies and commissions.

A long serving lay member of the UEA Council, he recently retired as its Vice-Chair.

Educated at Wisbech Grammar School, Prof Sir Stephen Littlechild, Principal Research Fellow at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, Cambridge, receives an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law.

The honorary degrees will be conferred at this year's Congregation ceremonies which take place between 13 and 16 July.


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