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Robbie swings by to pick up city honour

Chart star Robbie Williams has been given one of his greatest honours after years of amassing awards - the Freedom of the City of his native Stoke-on-Trent.

The singer - who has never lost touch with his roots, making regular visits home - took his pregnant wife Ayda and 22-month-old baby Teddy to the ceremony attended by civic dignitaries.

Williams (inset) delighted his parents, Jan and Peter, by keeping the event a surprise until they arrived at the Town Hall.

The star, currently touring his Swings Both Ways album, requested the Staffordshire oatcakes, topped with Staffordshire cheese and bacon, from a local bakery which were laid on to celebrate the occasion.


He was presented with an honorary scroll by the Lord Mayor then signed the roll of honorary freemen, which includes one of his footballing heroes -Stanley Matthews.

Williams said: "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".