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Iconic children's illustrator Sir Quentin Blake returns to Sidcup college

PUBLISHED: 12:49 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 19 September 2016

Sir Quentin Blake was conferred as an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance last week

Sir Quentin Blake was conferred as an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance last week

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The illustrator of Roald Dahl’s books grew up in Sidcup

Sidcup’s own renowned illustrator Sir Quentin Blake returned to the town last week to become an Honorary Fellow of its local drama college.

The artist behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, BFG and more was conferred at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and performance on Friday, September 16.

The 83-year-old grew up in the town, and praised the college during his acceptance speech.

He said: “I value this fellowship enormously, not only because Rose Bruford College is located in Sidcup, where I grew up, but also because it is a drama school and drama has been one of the major influences on the way that I work.”

Sir Quentin was joined by more than 200 students at the college’s graduation ceremony, together with the college’s president Sir Richard Eyre, deputy mayor of Bexley Val Clark and the chair of governors Monisha Shah.

Professor Michael Earley said: “At a time when both higher education and conservatoire drama schools like Rose Bruford College are under mounting financial pressures, is a pleasure to be celebrating some richly deserved talents like those of our new graduates and our recently appointed fellows.

“They will and have been making all the difference in the world of the arts and theatre and will continue to do so for many years to come.

“The celebrity and achievements of our new fellows is something that our new graduates will certainly hope to emulate.”

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