Robbie Williams: 'My back is knackered'

Stoke-on-Trent's Robbie Williams has revealed how performing at live shows leaves him in agony as he battles back pain and muscle spasms.

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Robbie Williams breaks fan's arm after falling off stage

The accident is reported to have happened at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena Credit: PA

Robbie Williams broke a fan's arm after falling off the stage at a recent gig, the Daily Mirror has reported.

According to the newspaper, the 52-year-old woman spent the night in hospital after the accident at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

The woman - who has been named as Margaret Nash - is reported to have a full length plaster cast on her right arm after the incident last month.

The Daily Mirror says the Stoke-born singer's production company has contacted Margaret.

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Robbie Williams' Soccer Aid raises £4.2m for UNICEF

Robbie Williams has thanked those who donated money to Soccer Aid 2014.

The charity football match involving celebrities and professionals is the brainchild of the singer from Stoke-on-Trent, and this year raised £4.2 million pounds for UNICEF.

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More than 70,000 people watched the likes of Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shepherd, Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey, & Comedian Jack Whitehall, at Old Trafford last night.

Robbie himself couldn't play because of a back injury, so was on the sidelines as a coach for England, who were managed by Sam Allardyce, but Jose Mourinho's rest of the world team beat England 4-2.

Article: Soccer Aid raises over £4 million as Jose Mourinho's all stars win out

Robbie and The Sentinel awarded Freedom of Stoke

Popstar Robbie Williams has been awarded the highest civic honour around, as councillors in Stoke-on-Trent tonight voted to give him Freedom of the City.

Stoke's daily newspaper The Sentinel was also awarded the honour at an extraordinary meeting of the council this evening.

Robbie Williams has been awarded the Freedom of the City for Stoke-on-Trent
Robbie Williams has been awarded the Freedom of the City for Stoke-on-Trent Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Councillors decided to bestow the Freedom of the City on Robbie to mark his contribution and international charity fundraising. He will be handed his award later this year.

Meanwhile, The Sentinel was chosen for what its "enormous contribution" to the life of the city over the past 160 years.

The Sentinel, the daily paper for the city, was also awarded the honour
The Sentinel, the daily paper for the city, was also awarded the honour Credit: The Sentinel

Lord Mayor Sheila Pitt will hand the paper its award at its Business Awards on March 25.

She said:

The Freedom of the City is not an honour that is given out lightly.

Both Robbie Williams and The Sentinel have made immense contributions to the success and profile of our city, and are very deserving of this accolade.

Robbie Williams Stoke-on-Trent exhibition extended

Stoke-on-Trent celebrated 'Robbie Day' to mark the singer's 40th birthday
Stoke-on-Trent celebrated 'Robbie Day' to mark the singer's 40th birthday Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

An exhibition at Stoke-on-Trent celebrating the success of Robbie Williams has been extended for another month due to popular demand.

More than 16,500 people have viewed the exhibition, which contains family photos, song sheets and Brit and Ivor Novello awards, at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

The display is the second fastest growing exhibition ever held at the museum, second only the Staffordshire Hoard.

The exhibition opened last month, as part of celebrations to mark the singer's 40th birthday. It will now run until 30 April.

Top Robbie tribute act sends special birthday message

The UK's top Robbie Williams tribute singer Paul Reason has recorded a special 'Happy Birthday' message to the That That star in honour of his 40th birthday.

Mr Reason won the National Tribute Award last year and recorded the special video for ITV News Central as Robbie's home city of Stoke-on-Trent holds a week-long celebration for the star's landmark birthday.

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Stoke celebrates 'Robbie Day' in honour of star's 40th

People in Stoke-on-Trent are today celebrating 'Robbie Day' as part of a week-long programme of activities in honour of the Take That singer's 40th birthday.

Schools across the city are holding a day of Robbie Williams-themed activities to mark the occasion, including singing and dressing up.

Today is 'Robbie Day' in Stoke
Today is 'Robbie Day' in Stoke Credit: PA

Other activities have included a street market, funfair, pottery-themed competitions and a photo exhibition featuring exclusive images of the star have all been held over the past few days.

A special blue plaque was also unveiled to mark Robbie's time living in Victoria Park Road during the 70s.

Read: Robbie pays tribute to 'Stokie' upbringing

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