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Gary Barlow named celebrity dad of the year

Gary Barlow. Photo: PA

Take That star Gary Barlow, who is also number one in the singles chart at the moment, has been named celebrity dad of the year. His wife Dawn is about to give birth to their fourth child.

He pipped reigning champion Peter Andre to the title.

It comes just days after he organised the Queen's spectacular Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace and his track Sing, written for the jubilee, is the current chart-topper.

It is the first time Barlow has won the accolade and earlier this year he posted a message on Twitter telling Andre to "stand aside".

41-year-old Barlow was chosen in a public vote. The X Factor panellist said winning the award felt "amazing".

I've been waiting for it for a long time. My kids are really excited and I don't think they can quite believe it. Being a dad is a really important part of my life and it means a lot to have won this award.

– Gary Barlow

Barlow already has children Daniel, Emily, Daisy and his wife Dawn is expecting another girl.

Also in the running for this year's award were rapper Jay-Z, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently left his daughter at a country pub by mistake.

The award is supposed the ability to balance public life with the demands of parenting.

It's great that his dedication to his family has been recognised by the British public. Congratulations to Gary.

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