David Gilmour Receives Honorary Degree
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As previously reported, David Gilmour has now received his honorary degree from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. The Pink Floyd guitarist was amongst others from the city who were also awarded their titles at the ceremony at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. It was at this venue that Syd Barrett performed most of his solo concerts.
David, 63, used to be a student at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT). The name has since changed to Anglia Ruskin University.
The award recognises his “outstanding contribution to music as a writer, performer and innovator”.
John Gordon, who formed the band Jokers Wild with Mr Gilmour and the late Syd Barrett, said: “I am delighted to hear of my old mate David’s recognition by my old college. I grew up with Syd Barrett, learned guitar and progressed our artistic leanings together and we gained entry to the art school.
“It was while there we met David Gilmour and had many jam sessions at the college in general and within the college of art.
“I’ve kept in occasional contact with David over the years and followed his progress as one of the world’s finest exponents of the guitar.”
Source [ Cambridge Evening News ]