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Collins honour against all odds

There was no jacket required and presumably cowboy boots were optional when chart star Phil Collins was made an honorary Texan.

The drummer-turned-singer was recognised by the US state after he donated a vast collection of historical artefacts related to the siege of the Alamo.

The battle was central to the struggle of settlers fighting for their independence from Mexico and led to Texas eventually joining the United States.

Politicians at the state legislature made Collins, who shot to fame in Genesis before embarking on an internationally successful solo career, an honorary Texan.

Representative Lyle Larson told them Collins' interest in the Alamo started " as a boy while watching the classic Walt Disney television series Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier".

The politician added that his collection of memorabilia included prized items such as "a rifle and leather pouch owned by David Crockett and a knife carried in battle by Jim Bowie" as well as hundreds of documents.

Collins was among the guests when a formal announcement that "t he 84th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby recognise Phil Collins as an honorary Texan" was made.

The Londoner scored a string of huge hits in the 1980s and 1990s including In The Air Tonight and Sussudio, as well as playing Great Train Robber Buster Edwards in a film of his life.

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