UCLan cooks up a celebration for Hairy Biker Dave

UCLan honorary fellow Dave Myers

UCLan honorary fellow Dave Myers

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Tsalk about double helpings!

Dave Myers, one half of the Hairy Bikers cooking duo, has just been served with not one but two helpings of honorary treats.

Hairy Biker Dave Myers swapped his motorcyle leathers for a cap and gown whenhe was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by  the University of Central Lancashire

Hairy Biker Dave Myers swapped his motorcyle leathers for a cap and gown whenhe was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire

The celebrated TV chef, Celebrity Mastermind winner and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria at a ceremony in Carlisle Cathedral last month.

Now he has swapped his motorbike leathers for an academic gown after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire.

The Bafta-nominated TV chef, who studied on a Preston Polytechnic (now UCLan) foundation art course in the mid-1970s, has been recognised for the contribution he has made to the community through his varied career and his work as a television presenter.

He said: “It’s a huge honour to receive this award. I remember coming down on the train in the red hot summer of 1976.

“It was Preston Poly back in those days, but this university set me off on the road to what I’ve achieved and I’m eternally grateful.

“For some reason I didn’t go to my graduation, so this is even more special as never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be returning to get a fellowship.”

Dave added: “It was great being a student here. It was an honest place with wonderful down-to-earth people who offered great support.

“If it wasn’t for my tutor’s encouragement I wouldn’t have made it London to continue my career. I’ve only got very fond memories of the place.”

Dave received his honorary award on the stage of Preston’s Guild Hall in front of hundreds of students from the schools of business, management, law, social work, care and the community and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

He told the packed audience that being raised in Barrow-in-Furness back in the 1960s made him feel very much a Lancastrian, adding: “I’m very proud of my roots and upbringing and to be recognised here is amazing.

“If there is one piece of advice I can give, it is that I would always encourage ambition.”

and you should just give it a go,” he said. “Never let people say ‘Are you sure? Maybe you should lower your sights’. You should have a go and chase your dreams because they just might come true.”

During the three-day winter graduations, the university conferred an Honorary Doctorate to Ambassador Donald P Gregg, in recognition of the contribution he has made through his career in public service and, in particular, his work in Korean affairs.

Honorary Fellowships were also given to Paul Hancock, in recognition of his contribution to the community as Chief Fire Officer of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and former chairman of the UCLan Board Brian Harris, in recognition of his significant contribution to the development and success of the university.