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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
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.

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

Robbie Williams was born in Stoke-on-Trent
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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Robbie's song makes daughter sick

Robbie has also lost 11kg in five months Credit: PA

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's Jake Bugg nominated for Brit Award

Jake Bugg, 18, from Nottingham has been nominated for a Brit Award after topping the charts in October Credit: Jim Ross/AP/Press Association Images

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.

Midlanders nominated for Brit Awards

Stoke-on-Trent's Robbie Williams has been nominated for Best Single Credit: PA

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.

1D Midlander member Liam Payne from Wolverhampton is to perform at the awards Credit: PA

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.

One Direction have been taking the charts by storm over the past year and conquering the US Credit: PA

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.

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Robbie Williams pre-sale tour tickets released

Robbie Williams and Olly Murs
Robbie Williams and Olly Murs Credit: PA Pictures

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.

You can buy tickets here.

Robbie Williams switches on Oxford Street Christmas lights

Stoke on Trent's Robbie Williams turned on the Christmas lights on London's Oxford Street last night.

Robbie Williams performs at the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on celebrations
Robbie Williams performs at the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on celebrations Credit: Yui Mok/PA

New dad Robbie is celebrating his first solo UK number one for 8-years with his single Candy. It is the 14th number one of his career - including with Take That - meaning he has drawn level with bandmate Gary Barlow.

Robbie Williams joined on stage by Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston
Robbie Williams joined on stage by Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston Credit: Yui Mok/PA
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