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TV presenter and charity campaigner Esther Rantzen was made an honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Chester on Tuesday, November 4.

The founder of the children’s charity ChildLine entertained graduands and guests at Chester Cathedral with a tale of a bad-tempered black rhino named after her, which eventually ended up at Chester Zoo.

Esther Rantzen at Chester Cathedral to receive her honorary Doctor of Letters
 

She said: “Through some misunderstanding the newspapers got hold of the story that Esther Rantzen was pregnant. My husband thought some miracle had occurred. It was more of a miracle than he knew because the father was Michael Parkinson, who had had a vasectomy.”

Ms Rantzen went on to advise students ‘never to trust what you read in the papers’ before reading a short poem which ended: “Trust me, I’m a doctor.”

Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller will become an honorary Doctor of Science on Thursday, November 6 at 2.30pm and on Friday, November 7, former Chester MP Gyles Brandreth will be made a Doctor of Letters and Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE will also be honoured for his outstanding and inspirational contribution to the field of exploration.

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