Sunderland football legend Jimmy Montgomery to receive an honorary degree

Football legend Jimmy Montgomery, crime author Ann Cleeves and 'Hebburn' sitcom writer Jason Cook are set to be honoured at University of Sunderland ceremony

Jimmy Montgomery, Jason Cook and Ann Cleeves
Jimmy Montgomery, Jason Cook and Ann Cleeves

Football legend Jimmy Montgomery, sitcom writer Jason Cook and crime author Ann Cleeves are to receive honorary degrees from the University of Sunderland next month.

Their awards will be part of the University’s week-long graduation ceremonies taking place at the Stadium of Light, beginning on July 7.

Goalkeeper Montgomery holds the Sunderland AFC appearances record of 627, his most famous being the 1973 FA Cup final with Leeds United when his superb double helped the Black Cats to a 1-0 win.

He is to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Sunderland Football Club and support for the City of Sunderland.

Ann Cleeves is the author of 28 books, including the bestselling Shetland and Vera Stanhope novels, which have both been turned into critically acclaimed TV dramas.

In 2012 Ann was admitted into the Crime Thriller Hall of Fame and is to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a crime writer.

Jason Cook, who studied at the University of Sunderland, is best known as the creator of popular North East-set sitcom, Hebburn.

It has won a raft of prizes including the Best New TV Sitcom in the 2013 Comedy.co.uk Awards and was also nominated Best Comedy in the 2014 National Television Awards.

Jason is to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his innovative contribution to entertainment as a comedian, writer and actor.

Also being recognised at the University’s annual awards ceremonies are the Rotary Club of Sunderland, Chief Scientific Officer for England Professor Sue Hill, Sunderland AFC Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson and Sunderland-born President of Vantec World Transport USA Chris Haley.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Fidler said: “Our honoraries have all made highly significant contributions within their fields and will inspire our graduates as they celebrate their academic success and embark on their careers. We look forward to welcoming them and are proud to pay tribute to them.”

Also being recognised at the University’s annual awards ceremonies are the Rotary Club of Sunderland, Chief Scientific Officer for England Professor Sue Hill, Sunderland AFC Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson and Sunderland-born President of Vantec World Transport USA Chris Haley.

Mr Hutchinson is commercial director of Sunderland Football Club and the current Chairman of the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Sunderland Committee and the Sunderland Business Group, and has been instrumental in the development of the city. He will receive an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to business in Sunderland, and outstanding support for the University and City of Sunderland.

The week-long graduation ceremonies, beginning Monday, July 7 at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland are an opportunity for graduates to celebrate their success with friends, family and loved one

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