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Dr Maitland Mackie installed as rector at University of Aberdeen

Maitland Mackie at ceremony
Image caption The ceremony ended with Maitland Mackie being carried by Angus the Bull

Businessman Dr Maitland Mackie has been installed as the new rector of the University of Aberdeen.

Mr Mackie, chairman of Aberdeen-based Mackie's ice cream firm, succeeds Scotland The What? star Stephen Robertson.

Image caption Mr Mackie is a former student of the University of Aberdeen

The ceremony ended with Mr Mackie being carried by the student mascot, Angus the Bull, to buy a traditional round of drinks.

He said: "It is an honour to represent students of the university."

He added: "This brings back memories of my own student days at the university 55 years ago - a wonderful experience which has never left me."

Mr Mackie graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc in agriculture in 1958 and MA Hons in economics in 1971.

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1996.

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