SOME of Huddersfield's most famous offspring have been honoured by the town's university.
Former record-breaking mile runner Derek Ibbotson, sportswoman Clare Taylor and children's bookshop pioneer Sonia Benster were among those who received honorary degrees.
Mr Ibbotson, 72, from Berry Brow, ran a mile in 3 minutes 57.2 seconds to set a new world record in 1957.
He later won an Olympic bronze medal in Melbourne.
He was awarded an honorary degree in Civil Law.
He said: "It is a great honour to be recognised by the town in which I grew up.
"I was absolutely delighted to be invited to accept the honorary degree, it is a huge pleasure."
Clare Taylor, 39, of Lockwood,
has represented her country in both cricket and football and last year received an MBE.
She said: "I was so pleased to be asked and also very shocked. When the letter dropped on the mat I could not believe it."
The Children's Bookshop, in Lindley, has been a favourite with those learning to read since the 1970s.
Founder Sonia Benster, 66, of Highfields, said: "We get parents in the shop now who came in to buy books when they were children.
"When I told the family about this award they thought I was kidding."
Mamas and Papas creators David and Luisa Scacchetti, were also honoured.