Stoke & Staffordshire

Robbie Williams given Freedom of Stoke-on-Trent

Robbie Williams receives the freedom of Stoke-on-Trent
Image caption Lord Mayor Majid Khan presented Williams with a commemorative scroll

Robbie Williams has been presented with the Freedom of Stoke-on-Trent at a private ceremony.

The singer was given a commemorative scroll by Lord Mayor Majid Khan at the town hall on Tuesday.

Williams's parents, Jan and Peter, his wife Ayda and 22-month-old daughter Teddy also attended the event.

The singer, who hails from the city, said he was "proud and extremely honoured" to be recognised for his career in showbusiness.

'Special day'

Earlier this year a series of events were staged in Stoke to mark the star's 40th birthday.

He said being given the Freedom of the City was "poignant" and described the event as a "special day".

"Stoke-on-Trent made me. My humour, my 'cheeky chappie' bit, that's all from here," he said.

"Cut me and it's through me like a stick of rock."

Image caption Williams signed the roll of honorary freemen as he became the 67th recipient of the Freedom of Stoke

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