A Deacon Blue star is soon set to receive an honorary degree from a Scottish University. 

Dougie Vipond, who plays drums for the Dignity hitmakers, will receive the degree from Stirling University next week. 

The band rose to fame with their debut album, Raintown, in 1987. 

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A graduate of what is now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Vipond will accept the honour in a ceremony celebrating 500 Stirling students on the university’s campus on March 22.

The star was brought up in Inchinnan and attended Park Mains High School in Erskine. 

Glasgow Times:

Vipond, who has been with the Scottish band since its formation in 1985, has also enjoyed a TV career spanning decades.

He currently presents the outdoor-based BBC show Landward, but has also fronted a vast array of sports coverage, most notably Scotland’s footballing highlights show Sportscene.

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Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, the principal of the university, said: “Dougie Vipond’s achievements in music and broadcasting are inspiring.

“His success with Deacon Blue and as a versatile broadcaster makes him a fantastic role model for our students.

“Everyone at the university is looking forward to celebrating with Dougie, our latest cohort of graduands, and their families and friends.”