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Jools Holland to receive University of Kent honorary degree

Jools Holland performing last year
Image caption Musician and TV presenter Jools Holland will be presented with an honorary degree

Musician and TV presenter Jools Holland will be presented with an honorary degree from the University of Kent this summer.

The university will award honorary degrees at ceremonies at Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals in July.

A spokesman said Holland had carried out extensive charity work to raise funds for HIV charities and the maintenance of Rochester Cathedral.

The composer, pianist, band leader and broadcaster lives near Rochester.

Holland, who began his career playing in pubs and was a member of the band Squeeze before leading his rhythm and blues orchestra, was appointed OBE in 2003 for services to the British music industry.

He was also appointed a deputy lieutenant of Kent in 2006.

Last November he was described as a "national treasure" by the Prince of Wales when he received the Music Industry Trusts award for his contribution to music and broadcasting.

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