Leicester born author Sue Townsend, who wrote the Adrian Mole books, will receive an honorary degree from De Montfort University today.
Birmingham born actor Adrian Lester and Gavin and Stacey star Ruth Jones will also receive degrees from the University of Warwick.
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21 people died after bombs exploded in two Birmingham pubs in November 1974. Can you help us tell their story?
Julie was 11 when she lost her big sister but has spent her life seeking justice for Maxine and the other 20 victims of the pub bombings.
Brian Davis believes his sister Jane would have gone on to great things if her life hadn’t been cut short in the Birmingham pub bombings.