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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.

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.


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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