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Sir David Attenborough honoured by Queen's University

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Media captionSir David, 87, began his broadcasting career at the BBC in 1952

A veteran broadcaster, an Oscar-winning film director and a woman who plays a pivotal role in community development, have been honoured at ceremonies in Queen's University, Belfast on Monday.

Sir David Attenborough was presented with an honorary degree for services to science and broadcasting.

He was joined by local film maker Terry George whose film The Shore, took an Academy award in 2012.

Avila Kilmurray was honoured for exceptional services to the community.

Sir David, 87, began his broadcasting career at the BBC in 1952 and is the UK's best-known natural history film-maker.

High point

Speaking about the QUB award, Sir David said: "My work in television has been devoted over the years to documenting the natural world, and to explaining both its importance to humanity and its vulnerability.

"I am greatly honoured that Queen's University Belfast should have endorsed that message by granting me this distinguished degree."

Terry George said: "There's nothing more gratifying than to be recognised and honoured in your homeland. This honour from Queen's today is a high point of my career and an inspiration to continue to strive to create art and entertainment."

Image caption Terry George after receiving his honorary degree at Queen's University

Dr Kilmurray has been working in Northern Ireland since 1975 on community education projects.

She has been involved in a range of anti-poverty initiatives, and the establishment of the Women's Aid organisation.

Speaking ahead of her degree, Dr Kilmurray said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive an honorary degree from Queen's University.

"In receiving an honour for services to the community I want to take this occasion to thank those long-term community activists who helped inspire me to work with communities."

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