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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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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Stoke-on-Trent's Robbie Williams has written his first song for new baby, Teddy. But, he admitted it made her throw up.
The singer said he's now considering releasing the track which he performed for his daughter, who is almost five months old.
Robbie Williams turns 39 on Wednesday and has also revealed he has lost almost 11kg in the space of five months after changing his diet because he says he was resembling former strongman and shot-putter Geoff Capes.
Nottingham musician Jake Bugg has been nominated for a Brit Award in the Breakthrough Act category.
The 18-year-old from Clifton topped the UK charts in October with his self-titled album. He will discover if he has won on January 20th when the awards take place at the O2 in London.
He joins other Midlanders who have been nominated for the prestigious music awards such as Robbie Williams for his single Candy and pop-act One Direction for Best British Group, with one member Liam Payne being from Wolverhampton.
The boy-band who have taken the US by storm after they became the first UK band ever to hit the top spot on the US Billboard 200 countdown with their debut album 'Up All Night' will be performing on the night.
One Direction and Robbie Williams are among the artists shortlisted for awards at this year's Brit Awards, it has been announced.
Pop act One Direction, has been nominated for Best British Group. They are up against bands such as rock group Muse and folk band Mumford and Sons. The group will be performing when the awards take place on February 20th.
They have rapidly risen to global success after they became the first UK band ever to hit the top spot on the US Billboard 200 countdown with their debut album 'Up All Night'.
The outstanding contribution prize is being dropped this year, with organisers instead introducing a prize honouring Brits' global success, which is expected to go to Adele, although One Direction and Mumford are thought to be in the running.
Stoke-on-Trent's very own Robbie Williams has also been nominated for a Brit Award, in the category of Best Single for his release Candy.
The nominations were announced at a ceremony in London's Savoy Hotel this evening which saw the first 2012 Brit trophy - designed by artist Damien Hirst with his signature spot design - handed to critics' choice winner Tom Odell. It was handed over by last year's recipient Sande.
Pre-sale tickets for Stoke-on-Trent's Robbie Williams' tour have been released, 24 hours before the general sale tickets become available at 9am tomorrow.
He's playing in citys such as Manchester, Glasgow and London in June of next year, he won't be coming to the Midlands though.
The tour also takes in most of Europe in July and August 2013.
He'll be supported by Olly Murs.