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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Sections of the railway line will close from today and not open again until Monday 8th August for upgrade work.
The annual Nottinghamshire Pride festival takes places today, including a minute's silence to remember the Orlando victims.
Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Kenny Jackett has been sacked by the club's new owners just days after they backed him to stay on.