Kent

Bob Geldof given honorary degree at Canterbury ceremony

Bob Geldof has joined students at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, Kent, to receive a degree.

The anti-poverty campaigner and singer received an honorary Master of Arts for his contribution to the arts and humanitarian work.

The Live Aid organiser, who lives in Faversham, said he had received several awards for his charity work.

"It's great to also receive recognition from UCA for the creative work that I've been doing for the past 35 years."

He added: "I live up the road, so to be recognised by a local university, in the region that I love, adds even greater significance for me.

"I wouldn't have accepted this award if it didn't mean anything to me."

During his long career as a pop star, humanitarian and businessman, Geldof has raised millions for famine relief, secured several number one singles, and earned himself a knighthood.

As organiser of the Live Aid concerts in 1985, he mobilised the pop world in response to a devastating famine in Ethiopia and raised more than £150 million.

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