SINGER Bryan Ferry returned to his old university today to be awarded an honorary degree.

The Roxy Music frontman was back at Newcastle University, where he graduated in fine art in 1968, to be made an honorary Doctor of Music.

The 69-year-old songwriter, who was born in Washington, said: "I feel honoured to have been awarded this doctorate from my former university.

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"I enjoyed my time at Newcastle, and was fortunate to study with some great teachers and fellow students.

"It was an inspiring time to be an art student in Newcastle, and the city also had an exciting music scene.

"Music and art have guided my life, and it all started at Newcastle University."

University registrar, Dr John Hogan, said: “We are delighted to welcome back and honour one of our graduates who has achieved so much in his field.

"Newcastle University has an excellent reputation for education in art and music and Mr Ferry is a great example and inspiration to our students graduating in those disciplines this summer."

Ferry is the second rock icon to be honoured by the region’s universities over the last week.

On Wednesday, Brian Johnson, Gateshead-born singer with rockers AC/DC, was awarded an honorary degree by Northumbria University.