Paolo Nutini welcomes ‘wee pat on the back’ with honorary degree

Paolo Nutini. Honorary doctorate. University of the West of Scotland.
Paolo Nutini: Returns home to Paisley to receive honour.SWNS

Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has said it is "a wee pat on the back" to have been made an honorary doctor of a university in his home town.

The musician was given his award at the University of the West of Scotland's graduation ceremony at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on Wednesday.

Nutini, 25, released his debut album, These Streets, in 2006, which featured the hit songs New Shoes and Jenny Don't Be Hasty.

It was followed up with UK chart-topper Sunny Side Up in 2009, which won the Best Album category at the Ivor Novello Awards the following year.

Sunny Side Up, the album which the songs Pencil of Lead and Coming Up Easy were released from, went five-times platinum and the albums have sold a collective five million copies worldwide.

Nutini, who went to St Andrew's Academy in Paisley, said: "It's an honour to be recognised in this way by my home town. The town I love, and can't seem to leave. Coming home to Paisley helps me remember what really matters.

"I'm not going to try and make sense of it but thank you for this wee pat on the back. The doctor will see you now."

Professor Seamus McDaid CBE, principal and vice chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: "We are delighted to award Paolo Nutini, who has such close ties with Paisley, with an honorary doctorate.

"Paolo is one of the country's most respected singer/songwriters and is a fitting recipient of this award."

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