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It's hats off to a master of art!

HATS off to Joe!

It's been quite a year for Sheffield-born artist Joe Scarborough.

Earlier this summer the Pitsmoor-born artist witnessed a bronze star carrying his name being unveiled outside the Town Hall on Sheffield's Walk of Fame.

He was moved to tears and proud as punch that his name now stands along side that of the city's most famous son's and daughters.

And that pride was rightly reinforced when he was awarded an honorary degree at the University of Sheffield.

Joe, a former coal miner who gained worldwide recognition for his fantastic artwork, was among 12 recipients of the accolade, each receiving an honorary degree for their excellent contribution to their chosen fields.

Other recipients included the Rev Adrian Alker, who has been Vicar of St Mark's Church in Broomhill for 20 years.

During that time Mr Alker has built a strong relationship between the church and its local community.

He has also addressed issues in contemporary Christianity through the work of St Mark's Centre for Radical Christ-ianity.

And Angela Knowles, a former employee of the Univ-ersity of Sheffield Union of Students, who became the driving force behind the famous Rylstone and District Women's Institute charity calendar, was also honoured.

Following her husband's death from leukaemia she and her friends have raised more than one million pounds for leukaemia research.

Others receiving honorary degrees were Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and former King Edward VII pupil Paul Collier, who received a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his work on global poverty.

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