Sir Terry Wogan is to receive an honorary degree from a university where his fan club meets most years.

Terry's Old Geezers and Girls (Togs) hold their annual conference at the University of Leicester, which decided to recognise the former Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter with an honorary degree.

The 71-year-old Irishman, who was born in Limerick, is being awarded a Doctor of Laws at De Montfort Hall in the city during a Friday afternoon ceremony.

The Togs made the city their regular meeting place after Sir Terry had a long-running joke with listeners in the 1980s that the city always featured in traffic bulletins about roadworks.

Sir Terry said: "For many years my radio listeners and I conducted a fruitless search for the 'Lost City' of Leicester.

"I discovered the city on 21 November 1984, and am now the proud possessor of 'The Leicester Spoon'.

"What is memorable about Leicester is the kind of welcome you get from the university for the Togs. That is why they keep coming back.

"I would like to have been a student here. It looks like a really nice campus. I am deeply honoured to have been offered an honorary Doctor of Laws. I will, of course, now demand a certain amount of respect."

Norman Macintosh, who represents the Togs, said: "We are over the moon with the announcement of the honorary doctorate.

"It is a very nice gesture for Sir Terry who, I think, has more of an affiliation for Leicester than for some other places."