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Bradford on Avon businessman Anthony Best to receive an honorary degree from University of Bath.

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A business leader from Bradford on Avon is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Bath.

Anthony Best, who founded the firm Anthony Best Dynamics, which supplies advanced testing systems to the global motor industry, will be one of several high profile personalities to receive honorary degrees next week.

Chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive Ron Dennis, children’s author Philip Pullman and athletics coach Malcolm Arnold will also join more than 2,400 students at the University of Bath’s graduation ceremonies being held in the city next week.

The 11 ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Bath Abbey and will feature those picking up degrees from the faculty of engineering and design, school of management, faculty of humanities and social science and faculty of science.

The ceremonies, which will be the last to be presided over by the university’s current Chancellor Lord Tugendhat, will all be preceded by a public procession of some of the university’s senior officers and academics through the city.

This will mean that some city centre roads will be closed at certain times of the day.

The processions will begin at the Guildhall, go into the High Street, turn right into Cheap Street, and left down Farrs Passage in front of the abbey.

They will return after the ceremonies past Rebecca’s Fountain and into the High Street.

These roads will be closed to traffic for about six minutes during the processions, which will occur at approximately 9.55am, 11.00am (return), 12.25pm, 1.30pm (return), 2.55pm and 4.00pm (return) on all three days, while on Wednesday and Thursday extra ceremonies will have processions at 5.25pm and 6.30pm (return) as well.

Honorary degrees will also be given to Prof David Spiegelhalter, Sir Peter Ricketts, Prof Michael Otlet, Sir Stephen Dalton and Prof Sarah Springman.

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