Robbie Williams

'Stokie through and through' Robbie ready for homecoming

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

Robbie Williams says his one-off charity show in Stoke-on-Trent next year is about him getting "reacquainted" with his hometown.

Robbie with John Acres

It will be the first time he’ll have played at the city’s Vale Park stadium, despite growing up nearby.

The pop star told BBC Radio Stoke he'll appreciate this gig more than his famous Knebworth gig in 2003 and he's very passionate about coming from Stoke-on-Trent.

I'm a Stokie through and through and the reason why I've managed to do what I've done around the world and to achieve what I've achieved is because of where I'm from."

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Robbie Williams will play a one-off charity show in his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent next June.

In pictures: The Boy In The Dress stage show launches

A musical of David Walliams's first book, The Boy in The Dress, had its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon last night.

David Walliams and Robbie Williams
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The story follows a 12-year-old boy called Dennis, who discovers he likes to wear dresses.

Friend and fellow X-Factor judge Robbie Williams, who created the songs for the show, joined him at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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Boy in the dress production
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Port Vale owner hopes local fans will get to see Robbie

Port Vale owner Carol Shanahan says she hopes local people will get priority when tickets go on sale for Robbie Williams's charity gig at Stoke-on-Trent's Vale Park stadium next year.

She revealed she'd started the process of getting the necessary licensing permission for "low key" events at the stadium, joking, "you could get no further away from low key than this one."

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The Robbie Williams - He's Coming Home event will be held in aid of three charities, The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust, Unicef UK and The Hubb Foundation.

The singer announced yesterday that fans who buy his Christmas album will get early access to tickets.

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