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Billy Connolly full of grins after picking up his latest degree

By Emer O'Toole

Sir Billy Connolly has received yet another honorary degree despite joking the closest he got to university "was to deliver coal".

The Big Yin became an honorary doctor of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, just days after he was given a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Wearing a suit, bow tie and red graduation gown, Sir Billy stopped for photographs outside the Barony Hall and asked: "Do I look smart?"

He was recognised for his contribution to society.

"It's a bit special, I must say. It's becoming quite overwhelming. I'm wondering if they know something I don't, you know?" he said.

The comedian, singer and actor joked: "When you start getting the lifetime achievement stuff you think, 'wait a minute'."

The honorary degree is the fourth the former shipyard worker has received despite rarely setting foot in a university.

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