The international best selling author Bill Bryson has been granted the Freedom of the City of Durham.
The writer became Chancellor of Durham University in 2005 having previously received an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree.
He became the first American to be bestowed with the honour at a ceremony at Durham Town Hall on Monday.
He became famous for one of his books, Notes From A Small Island, in which he sang the praises of Durham City.
He wrote: "If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful."