The lead singer of rock band The Who was in Hendon yesterday receiving an honorary degree.

Roger Daltrey CBE was awarded the degree by Middlesex University for his contribution of the music industry.

Mr Daltrey had many gold and platinum selling records with The Who, released eight albums as a solo artist and has performed in a range of television programmes, films and stage productions including CSI and The Bill.

He joined hundreds of students graduating, some of whom contributed visuals to the US tour of his rock opera, Tommy.

He said: “If I had the power to give honours, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me.

“After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who's Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity.

“I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honour indeed.”

Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Roger Daltrey is one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced and he has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to.

“It was a real privilege for our students to work with him last year and the Tommy project was a great example of music, art and technology coming together.”