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Gok Wan tells graduates to 'follow your dreams'

Gok Wan at Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the ceremony
Gok Wan at Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the ceremony Credit: BPM Media

Gok Wan, who has been given an honorary degree in fashion from Birmingham City University, told graduates at the ceremony at the Symphony Hall to follow their dreams.

If there’s one piece of advice I could give today, it would be to follow your dreams.

– Gok Wan

Read: Gok Wan won't be "Doctor Gok"

Leicester's Gok Wan receives honorary doctorate

TV fashion guru Gok Wan has been awarded an honorary doctorate in fashion from Birmingham City University.

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Thank you @mybcu for my honorary doctorate. I'm over the moon and brimming with gratitude. Dr Gok has left the building! X

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Gok Wan won't be "Doctor Gok"

Fashion stylist Gok Wan will attend a ceremony in Birmingham today where he will be awarded an honorary doctorate in fashion by Birmingham City University.

Gok, originally from Leicester, shot to fame as a TV stylist in 2006 with his TV series How to Look Good Naked.

He broke the news of his award to his followers on twitter last week and confirmed his attendance at the ceremony, but said he wouldn't become Dr Gok.

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Excited to tell you- I've been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham Uni. Time to write my acceptance speech! http://t.co/nfi5X2qTyu

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It appears I'll have letters after my name! Gok Wan - HonD Don't think I'll go for Dr Gok… I'll sound like a baddy from Star Wars

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Thanks Guys… I am attending my graduation on Monday… Momma, Poppa and Sister Wan will be there… kinda nervous! #gokinagown

Leicester's Gok Wan awarded doctorate in Fashion

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Gok Wan arriving for The Asian Awards in London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

TV presenter and fashion stylist Gok Wan, from Leicester, will be awarded an honorary doctrate in fashion by Birmingham City University today.

He will attend a ceremony at the Symphony Hall to receive the award alongside graduates from the School of Fashion.

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Chelsea Football Club to honour Lord Attenborough

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Players will hold a minute's silence on Saturday Credit: Chelsea F.C.

The passing of our much-loved Life President Lord Attenborough has greatly affected everyone, and Chelsea Football Club fully appreciates our supporters’ emotions at this time and your wish to pay tribute to the important part he played in our history.

At our next home game, against Swansea City on Saturday 13th September, there will be a minute’s appreciation prior to kick-off in honour of a great Chelsea fan who also served as a club director for 13 years. There will be tributes on the big screens and in the matchday programme.

A lasting memorial to Lord Attenborough’s support of Chelsea is also appropriate. In consultation with Lord Attenborough's family, the club will carefully consider the possibilities and suggestions for this to ensure the most suitable option is taken.

– Chelsea Football Club
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GBBO's Diana Beard left after 'losing sense of smell'

Controversial former Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard has revealed she left the show after losing her sense of smell.

Mrs Beard said she had hit her head in a freak fall after fainting, which had severed her olfactory nerve meaning she could no longer detect scents.

She said she had lost some of her sense of taste as well.

Diana Beard said a freak fall had severed her olfactory nerve
Diana Beard said a freak fall had severed her olfactory nerve Credit: BBC

The 69-year-old from Shropshire sparked a storm of criticism accusing her of "sabotaging" fellow contestant Ian Watters' Baked Alaska dish in episode four, after appearing to remove his ice cream creation from the freezer so it would melt.

She said the announcement that she would not be returning for episode five had been brought forward by the BBC, following the outcry against her apparent actions - which she said boiled down to no more than editing.

At least people will know I haven't wimped out. It's a relief, as people now know the truth.

– Diana Beard, former Great British Bake Off contestant

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Bake Off contestant quits following Alaska drama

Diana Beard has quit the Great British Bake Off following last night's dramatic ''Baked Alaska-gate" episode.

But the BBC insist her departure from the show is due to illness and not linked to what happened in episode four.

Viewers accused the 69-year-old of "sabotaging" Iain Watters' Baked Alaska by taking his ice cream out of the freezer.

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Diana Beard has now left the show due to ill-health. Credit: BBC

Watters was seen throwing the remains of his bake in the bin before storming off set.

Beard fell ill just before the making of the following episode and had to withdraw on medical grounds.

“Diana will not appear in the rest of the series as she fell ill ahead of filming episode 5 earlier this year,” a BBC spokesman said.

More than 500 people have complained to the broadcaster over the incident.

Book of condolences opened for Richard Attenborough at Leicester University

A book of condolences for Richard Attenborough has been opened at the University of Leicester.

The actor, film director and producer was raised on the university's campus, where his father - Frederick Attenborough - was the Principal of the University College – the forerunner to the University.

Mr Attenborough - who died on Sunday at the age of 90 - helped found the inclusive arts centre at the University of Leicester to which he gave his name.

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Tributes to 'absolute gentleman' Richard Attenborough

British actors paid tribute to late actor and director Richard Attenborough at the Emmy Awards last night.

Chiwetel Ejiofor said his death was "tragic", adding that he was a "great champion of so many causes".

Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt described Attenborough as an "absolute gentleman", while Minnie Driver said the director was one of "our British treasures" and "will be missed greatly".

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