Eddie Izzard honoured

The comedian and actor is receiving an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Sunderland.

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Arts venue boss gets honorary degree

Ray Spencer making a speech at Sunderland University Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It is said he was the man who steered South Tyneside’s leading arts venue to success is to have his achievements recognised with an honorary degree.

Ray Spencer, MBE, executive director of the Customs House in South Shields has received an Honorary Arts Fellowship from Sunderland University.

He joined Custom House over 10 years ago when the theatre and arts complex was on the verge of bankruptcy.

Since then he's transformed the venue making it one of the region’s leading arts and entertainment venues.


Time to be honoured

Eddie Izzard collecting his honorary degree Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was given an honorary degree today from the University of Sunderland.

He is one of many celebrities this week receiving the accolade.

Eddie Izzard is one of Britain's best-known comedians and has won two Emmy Awards during his career.

In August 2009 he ran 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief, raising £1.85m.

Steve Cram will be also be collecting his award today


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