A TOAST was raised to businessman and arts patron Sir Ernest Hall on his retirement as Huddersfield University's chancellor.
He was praised at a dinner in his honour as an inspiration for students.
Sir Ernest described his seven years as chancellor as "a delight", adding: "I have loved every minute of it.
He said he was delighted to hand over to Mirfield-born Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart.
Sir Ernest, a noted concert pianist, turned Dean Clough Mills at Halifax - a former carpet factory - into a home for small businesses and the arts.
The university's vice-chancellor, Prof John Tarrant, told Sir Ernest: "You have inspired seven generations of students."