Honorary doctorate for ex-Peak MP

FORMER High Peak MP Tom Levitt is to be recognised with an Honorary degree from the University of Derby Buxton at its upcoming awards ceremony.

Mr Levitt, and the Managing Director of the Heights of Abraham, Andrew Pugh, will both receive Honorary Doctorate awards, in recognition of their dedication to the area, at the graduation ceremony in the university’s Devonshire Dome on Saturday December 3.

After four years as member for Buxton North on Derbyshire County Council, Mr Levitt, 57, became the High Peak MP in 1997 until he stood down in 2010.

His links with the university of Derby began when he helped the University to acquire the former Devonshire Royal Hospital.

Commenting on the award, Mr Levitt said: “I feel very honoured. I am aware of how important the University of Derby Buxton is to the people of the High Peak, and I am proud that I played a part in bringing High Peak College and the University of Derby together and securing the stunning building as its campus.”

Fellow recipient Andrew Pugh has been responsible for leading the restoration and development of popular Peak District visitor attraction the Heights of Abraham over the last 30 years.

He is also Chairman of the Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Tourist Board, working to ensure the Peak District and Derbyshire remain firmly on the map as a popular destination for national and international visitors.

The University of Derby Buxton’s awards ceremony on December 3 will include a parade through the town to St Anne’s Church, led by Fairfield Brass Band, followed by the awards ceremony at the Dome.