Hero Sir Geoff made UEL arts master

ENGLAND and West Ham footballing legend Sir Geoff Hurst pictured after being conferred with an honorary degree by the University of East London.

The hat-trick World Cup hero of 1966, he received an honorary Master of the Arts.

Sir Geoff told guests at the ceremony last week: “I am tremendously proud to have had this award. Many of you will be familiar with my long-standing connections to the local area from where many UEL students are drawn.

But rather than looking back he said it is a fitting that UEL is rising to meet the challenge of ensuring that sporting excellence is kept firmly on the map with its plans for a �20m sports centre.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick McGhee said: “We are extremely proud to be honouring one of England’s greatest sporting heroes. Sir Geoff is an iconic figure who will always have a unique place in football history. “

He praised Sir Geoff’s selflessly dedication to supporting children’s health research charities.