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Barefoot pop star Sandie gets an honorary degree
3:20pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Local News
SANDIE Shaw lived up to tradition as she addressed the hall of graduates in her bare feet.
The singer, 66, who was known for her barefoot performances, thanked South Essex College for awarding her with an honorary degree for her services to music and entertainment.
Sandie, who was born and brought up in Dagenham, followed in the footsteps of Paralympian Danny Crates, and comedian Phill Jupitus, to collect her honorary degree.
She was one of the most successful British female singers of the Sixties. In 1967 she was the first British act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Puppet on a String.
She had major hits including (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me and Long Live Love. She told a packed Cliffs Pavilion: “I always wondered what my Essex family thought of me.
“Although I left for the big wide world at the age of 16, I feel like I have carried the values and lessons I learned in my early formative years in Dagenham all round the world with me.”
Addressing more than 500 graduates at the South Essex College Graduation Ceremony, she thanked the crowd for their understanding and endorsement of her choice to attend the “university of life”, and offered her sincere congratulations to the graduates, telling them she was in “complete awe” of their achievement and to enjoy the day.
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