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Wizzard addition to party! Roy Wood among the guests lined up for Pride of Birmingham awards.

BRUMMIE pop wizard Roy Wood and Horrible Histories star Martha Howe-Douglas are the latest additions to the star-studded celebrity guest list at this year's Pride of Birmingham awards.

Woody will take a break from recording his new album to join us at the city's historic Town Hall on October 2 as we reveal remarkable stories of courage, caring, community and compassion.

"I was honoured to take part last year and it was a great night," said Roy. "There wasn't a dry eye in the house, myself included, as we recognised remarkable people doing remarkable things.

"When I was invited back, I jumped at the chance. I'm looking forward to meeting the nominees who are the pride of Birmingham and to hearing about the amazing feats they have achieved."

Roy is currently putting together his Christmas show at the city's Barclaycard Arena on December 6, where he'll be joined by pop pals Chas 'n' Dave, rocker Andy Fairweather Low and funnyman Stan Boardman.

"Last year The Proclaimers sang with us," he said. "This year I've got my old friends Chas 'n' Dave, and we also have Andy Fairweather Low, who's just been playing with Eric Clapton again.

"I also have a few surprises planned, including something that'll blow your socks off!" Woody will be joined at Pride of Birmingham by Martha Howe-Douglas, best-known as one of the leading lights of CBBC's Horrible Histories, where she's been Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria among others. Martha has also appeared in The Office alongside Ricky Gervais, and played Brummie receptionist Donna Parmar in BBC's Brummie daytime soap, Doctors.

In 2013 she appeared as Debbie Maddox in Sky1 series Yonderland, reprising the role for a second series in 2015.

Other acting roles have included appearing in The Armstrong & Miller Show on BBC One, playing Flora Dies-Early in the hit radio comedy show Bleak Expectations and Lady Anne Woodstock in radio show The Castle.

Among others already confirmed for Pride of Birmingham 2015 are Black Sabbath guitar hero Tony Iommi, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor, Commonwealth Games golden girl Jodie Stimpson, Hollyoaks singersongwriter Abi Phillips and triple jump medallist Nathan Douglas. More will be announced in coming weeks as our sister paper the Birmingham Mail features the stories of some of the nominees ahead of judging.

The Pride of Birmingham Awards, organised by the Birmingham Mail in association with Virgin Trains, take place on Friday, October 2, at the Town Hall.

Hosted by TV's Gaby Roslin, the awards show will also feature live entertainment.

Our category sponsors also include Aston Villa, BBC Midlands, Coventry University, Jerroms, NatWest, Severn Trent and South & City College. Nominations for this year's awards have now closed, and the judges are drawing up a shortlist.

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