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Gary Lightbody to get honorary degree from University of Dundee

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Dundee.

The Bangor musician will be among ten people receiving the award from the university.

The singer will join thousands of new graduates inside Caird Hall for the summer graduations between June 20 and 22.

Lightbody attended the University of Dundee to study English Literature in the early 90s and it was during this time he formed Snow Patrol along with fellow students Michael Morrison and Mark McClelland.

Professor Sir Pete Downes, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: "Our honorary graduates are all inspirational figures who have made great impact in their fields, from founding charities and carrying out groundbreaking research, to designing landmark buildings and reaching the highest levels of the legal world.

"I am particularly pleased that once again we are able to honour those who studied here at Dundee and have gone on to such great things.

"Our aim is to enable our graduates to make a difference in the world and these people have all done that in an extraordinary fashion."

Snow Patrol - now consisting of Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson and Johnny McDaid - released their seventh studio album, Wildness, last month.

The record reached number two in the UK album charts, narrowly being pipped to the number one spot by The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

The band recently performed a sold out gig at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, as well as a small show at the city's HMV at Donegall Arcade.

They are set to return to Belfast in December to perform at the SSE Arena.

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