The Hairy Bikers’ Si sends congratulations to graduates
Si King, who, together with Dave Myers, presents the BBC show Hairy Bikers, wanted teenagers to know that their efforts hadn’t gone unnoticed as the graduation season arrived.
“Well, it is the season of square hats, scrolls and capes – not everybody gets dressed up as Batman at this time of year and those that do have done incredibly well,” he began, on behalf of himself and Dave, in view of their 260,000 followers.
Standing outdoors for his sweet update, the 56-year-old added: “Congratulations everybody, and try not to forget: you are the future. You, your families and everyone around you, should be congratulating you.”
He reiterated in his caption: “Tis the season for graduation ceremonies. On behalf of everyone at HB HQ, we’d like to congratulate you all on all your hard work! Love Si.”
Fans flooded the post with appreciation, with one person, @vsg.n.me2022, imploring: “I can’t wait for this to be me next year! Will you do this again next year? Big love xx.”
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“What a beautiful home you have Si,” @carol.colling.37 exclaimed in reference to the backdrop of his post, before adding “Thank you both for wishing the kids out there good luck wishes!”
Others commented that they thought they could hear sheep bleating in the background at his rural home on the Northumberland/County Durham borders.
Meanwhile, it’s clear that, while he was not present in the video, Si’s co-star Dave Myers, who is battling cancer, shared his Hairy Bikers HQ-endorsed views.
The 65-year-old originally received a Fine Art and Art History degree from Goldsmiths University in London, going on to become an Honorary Fellow from the University of Cumbria for his contributions to TV and the “culinary arts”.
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A ceremony at Carlisle Cathedral back in 2015 saw Dave recognised for his “lifelong and outstanding contribution to the media industry and for his innovation and excellence in the culinary arts”.
Heartbreakingly, back in his early days, he hadn’t been able to afford the bus fare to attend his Goldsmiths graduation – but naturally he’s come on a long way since then.
Back home in Cumbria, the emotional biker announced at his ceremony that the location was “somewhere I chose to return to after many years working away. For me to receive this honour on my own doorstep is really special”.
He added: “It’s great to be with the talented young graduates as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. University is the best way to prepare for this and graduation is a really proud special moment for many of the students and their families. It is a day I am both proud and privileged to share.”
Earlier this year, the new book Si and Dave created together, Eat Well Every Day was released, much to fans’ delight.
The book’s theme is extra-poignant for Dave, who has been regaining his health since a cancer diagnosis last year, which was followed by 30 gruelling sessions of chemotherapy.
Si, who welcomed Dave into his home during his recovery period, admitted that seeing his deterioration had been “so distressing” and “difficult to verbalise”.
He told The Times: “There’s a sense of loss, but there’s also that sense of hope, you know, knowing my mate as I do… he’s a fighter!”
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