DODDIE Weir has received an honorary degree from Abertay University in recognition of his "tireless advocacy" to improve the lives of those living with motor neuron disease MND.

On Wednesday July 13 2022 the 52-year-old father-of-three was accompanied to the ceremony at Dundee's Caird Hall by his wife Kathy.

And during an emotional speech he paid tribute to his family and friends, saying he "never thought for a minute" he would be celebrating his silver wedding anniversary next week.

He said: "I'm totally flabbergasted why I'm still here. A couple of years ago I celebrated my 50th which was quite a big steppingstone.

"I think the reason is when people are told they have MND, basically they are told they have one or two years to live, and you follow that because that's the norm. So for me to be six years in is quite unbelievable."

"I celebrated my 52nd birthday last week and I've got my silver wedding anniversary on Monday. I never thought for a minute I'd be here to celebrate it."

The 61-times capped Scotland international who was first diagnosed with MND in 2016

told students at the graduation ceremony: "Six years later, still fighting, still pushing for that cure, and still winning with every new day.

"If things don't go your way, don't give up. Instead, use your tremendous energy and brains, try again.

"There's always a way round, another way to achieve your goals - find it."