IT WAS an occasion rated ten out of ten by Chancellor Alan Titchmarsh.

Craig Revel Horwood has been given an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Winchester.

At the ceremony, Chancellor of the uni Mr Titchmarsh and others held up a rating card of '10' as the Strictly Come Dancing judge received his scroll.

Mr Revel Horwood has appeared as a judge on all 18 series of the hit BBC1 entertainment show and also both directs and appears in the annual Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tour.

He created the touring show Strictly Confidential and was head judge on Dancing with the Stars Australia and New Zealand.

Students who finished their studies last year during the pandemic finally have a chance to graduate at the cathedral.

More than 2,000 whose ceremonies were postponed last autumn due to Covid-19 restrictions, will graduate over 17 Covid-safe ceremonies – the majority of which will be presided over by Chancellor of the University Alan Titchmarsh.

Graduands and their guests will be attending in person and virtually. Face coverings are mandatory in the socially-distanced ceremonies and all in-person attendees are required to have a negative Covid test in the 24 hours before the ceremony.

"I am always incredibly proud of our graduates and am looking forward to celebrating their success at Graduation. This is especially true this year, when students completed their final year of study in such challenging and extraordinary times. I am in awe of their resilience," said The Reverend Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester.