Letter: Lady Boothroyd obituary

Peter Barnes writes: She presided at many degree ceremonies across the length and breadth of the UK

During the 12 years (1994-2006) that Betty Boothroyd was chancellor of the Open University, she presided at many degree ceremonies across the length and breadth of the UK.

Gina Bridgeland’s memories of the ceremony she attended in Harrogate are typical of Betty’s stagecraft, which made them such special occasions for so many. By that time, most of the venues had strict “no smoking” policies and it was the responsibility of one of the awards and ceremonies team to find a quiet corner for Betty to light up a Rothmans, between the end of the official lunch and the start of the ceremony procession.

Peter Barnes

The GuardianTramp

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