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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 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.

Music, markets, art and a party for Robbie's 40th

Music, markets and a street party will be held in Stoke-on-Trent this weekend as part of a packed programme of activities to celebrate the birthday of popstar Robbie Williams.

Stalls selling handmade crafts, a children’s funfair, music by local bands and competitions will fill Queen Street, Burslem, today.

This plaque was unveiled as one of the birthday celebrations for Robbie Credit: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Middleport potteries company Steelite will provide ceramic plates and Royal Crown Derby will provide paperweights, which will be used in a decorating competition.

A baking contest will also see schools from around the area pit their skills against one another in a bake-off.

Meanwhile, an exhibition entitled Robbie Thru a Lens will be on show at The Venue (The Old Post Office).

Unique photos of Robbie Williams displayed in Stoke

Robbie Williams' 40th Birthday is next Thursday Credit: PA

An exhibition honouring Robbie Williams will be launched tonight in his home city of Stoke. As part of next week's celebrations to mark his fortieth birthday,

Portrait of a Potteries Pop Star will show a number of never-before-seen photos and some of his many awards.

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Robbie pays tribute to 'Stokie' upbringing

Chart-topping singer Robbie Williams has paid tribute to his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent - and revealed his daughter is turning into a real 'Stokie'.

In a message read out at today's ceremony marking his 40th birthday, the Take That star said he hoped to visit a blue plaque unveiled in his honour today soon - and said he fully expected to have a tear of pride in his eye.

Robbie Williams says his daughter is a real 'Stokie' Credit: Ian West/PA

His message in full, read out by his father Pete Conway, is as follows:

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child.

This particular village moulded me into the man I am today.

I wear where I am from as a badge of honour. So to have that honour returned to me is very special.

As soon as I can I will be there with my daughter having our picture taken next to it – and she won’t know why daddy will have a tear in his eye, but it will be a tear of pride.

I’m proud of our six towns. I’m proud to come from Stoke-on-Trent. I’m extremely honoured and grateful that you think it fitting to give me this recognition.

God bless you all.

PS: My daughter’s first word was mummy and her second was DUCK! She’s a Stokie!

First picture: Plaque unveiled to mark Robbie's 40th

A special blue plaque marking Take That star Robbie Williams' 40th birthday has been unveiled in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent today.

The blue plaque unveiled today Credit: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

The singer lived on Victoria Park Road in the city in the early 70s.

A series of celebratory events, some of which include his parents, has been organised for the coming days.

Robbie Williams's 40th birthday: Stoke-on-Trent to kick off celebrations

Robbie Williams was born in Stoke-on-Trent Credit: PA Wire

A blue plaque is being unveiled in Stoke-on-Trent to mark the start of celebrations for hometown hero Robbie Williams's 40th birthday.

The ceremony is part of a number of celebrations to mark the singer's birthday - which is on 13 February.

'Robbie Day' will be celebrated at schools across the city, with musical and art-based activities taking place.

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