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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Soldiers from the Mercian Regiment will parade in Nottingham later.
A good deal of cloud but for many a dry day.
Bright morning across southern parts, after a chilly start, but thicker cloud in the northwest will push southeast during afternoon.