Ian, left, was presented with the doctorate on the first day of this year’s degree congregation ceremonies held by the university.
The Earl of St Andrews, a cousing of the Queen and chncellor of the university, presided over the ceremony.
Said Ian: “I am extremely proud to receive this honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton.
“The honour means a lot to me, as it is my first degree at the age of 50.
“We are very lucky to have such a great university in the heart of our community.”