Robbie Williams to perform homecoming gig at Vale Park

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Burslem's most famous son has announced he will perform a concert at the home of Port Vale.

Robbie Williams teased the news earlier this afternoon, with a tweet saying #RobbiesComingHome.

But now the news has been confirmed, that he will perform at Vale Park on Saturday June 20, 2020.

The club have made the announcement this evening, saying Robbie was born very close to the stadium and has always wanted to play there.

The homecoming show will raise funds for Unicef UK, the Hubb Foundation and The Donna Louise - who he has been a patron of since 2002.

The singer, who was given the Freedom of Stoke-on-Trent in 2014, has told the club's official website: Stoke-on-Trent made me. My heart, my humour, it’s all from Stoke. Cut me and it’s through me like a stick of rock.

“It has always been an ambition of mine to play a show at Port Vale and I’m delighted that now it’s actually going to happen. This is like the best Christmas present of all for me! 

"I want to continue to help raise money for charities in the Stoke community, and to help children grow up happy, healthy and able to play. This event will be able to do just that and I’m proud to be doing this in aid of The Donna Louise, Unicef and The Hubb Foundation.”

Simon Fuller, CEO of The Donna Louise, said" “We are so incredibly grateful to our Patron, Robbie Williams, for holding this concert in support of charities including The Donna Louise so that we can continue to be a lifeline for the families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions.”

The Hubb Foundation is a charity based in Robbie’s home city of Stoke-on-Trent and launched by Carol Shanahan, owner of Port Vale and software company Synectics Solutions. During school holiday periods the Hubb Foundation - working in partnership with the Port Vale Foundation Trust - organises supervised, fun indoor and outdoor activities for thousands of children across Stoke-on-Trent, as well as providing vital free meals.

Carol Shanahan, co-owner of Port Vale FC, said: “When we took over at Port Vale just over six months ago, our aim was to create a place and atmosphere that would bring people to the football club and be a shining light in the heart of the community.

"To be asked to host such a magnificent event instils us with enormous pride and together, working with the Stoke-on-Trent community, we are delighted to welcome Robbie back home, to Port Vale Football Club.”

Early ticket access is available to UK fans who purchase (or have already purchased) Robbie’s new album ‘The Christmas Present’ from the official Robbie Williams store before 6pm GMT next Thursday, December, 5. Early access code and instructions will be emailed before 6pm GMT on Friday December, 6. These emails invite you to purchase tickets in in the pre-sale window, running between 10am Saturday 7th December and 10am Monday 9th December. General sale begins at 10am on Monday 9th December.

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