Street signs named after some of Robbie Williams’ top hits have been unveiled at a new housing scheme in Stoke-on-Trent, just down the road from where the chart-topping singer grew up.
These mark the culmination of a whole host of activities organised to celebrate the megastar being granted Freedom of the City last year which coincided with his 40th birthday.
Robbie said: “I am so proud to be from Stoke-on-Trent and it's a real honour to have the streets named after my songs. It's a wonderful legacy in my own home city and one that I am proud to be able to show my children one day.”
Robbie’s dad, Pete Conway, joined new Angels Way resident Kimberley Chesters and her family to celebrate the signs going up.
Kimberley, 25, a customer services advisor at Alton Towers, is a huge Robbie fan, and went to the same school – Mill Hill Primary School – as the superstar.
She said: “I’ve always been a Robbie fan, and Angels is my favourite song, so moving on to Angels Way was a real buzz. It is such a nice name for a street too, and when I tell people it is named after Robbie it is a real talking point.
“At school everyone was a Robbie fan, and I met him a few times when he used to watch his favourite football team, Port Vale. Naming the streets after his songs is a great way to honour him.”
The three streets are part of a £14m housing development by Sanctuary Group, part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, which has completed 28 affordable family homes for rent and is creating extra care apartments for the over 55s for rent or shared ownership. The site is expected to be finished next month.
The development is supporting new construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for local young people to learn a trade.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary Group’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “This is an exciting new development, making a positive contribution to the local community in Middleport through the new homes and the new jobs it generates.”
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for planning, transportation and regeneration, said: “Robbie is one of our most famous sons and a carnival atmosphere was created across the city to mark his 40th birthday celebrations. He is proud of his roots, and we are proud to call him one of our own. He joined a very select group of people when he was granted Freedom of the City, and it was a fitting tribute to his outstanding successes and charity fundraising work.
“The streets are named in a development which is creating the newest homes in our city, which will provide quality accommodation for residents for decades to come."