Pop star Robbie Williams skipped a ceremony held in his honour at his British hometown on Wednesday (05Feb14), sending his father instead. The mayor of English city Stoke-on-Trent paid tribute to the Angels hitmaker ahead of his 40th birthday next week (13Feb14) by unveiling a blue plaque on the street where Williams grew up and announcing the singer would be given the keys to the city. However, the Take That singer's father Pete attended the unveiling in Williams' place, reading a statement written by his absent son. The statement read, "I'm proud to come from Stoke-on-Trent. I'm extremely honoured and grateful that you think it is fitting to give me this recognition. PS: My daughter's (Theodora) first word was Mummy. her second was duck! She's a Stokie!" 'Duck' is a common term of endearment in the British region where Stoke-on-Trent is located. Williams was said to be missing the celebrations held in his honour because his wife Ayda has planned several days of birthday celebrations in Los Angeles, where they currently live.