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Chris Tarrant awarded Birmingham Walk of Star honour

Chris Tarrant receives his Birmingham Walk of Star-picture by Birmingham BID
Image caption "I'm very proud to have my own bit of pavement on Broad Street," Chris said

Radio and television presenter Chris Tarrant has been awarded a place on Birmingham's Walk of Stars.

The 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' host was made an honorary citizen by his adopted West Midlands city at a ceremony on Thursday.

Originally from Reading, Berkshire, he said he owed his professional success to Birmingham, where his career began.

His name has been engraved in the pavement on Broad Street in the style of the original Hollywood Walk of Fame.

'Midland greats'

"I love it here. I'm an honorary Brummie .... I owe everything that has happened in my career to my start in Birmingham with ATV and Tiswas.

"I'm very proud to have my own bit of pavement on Broad Street in Brum," he added.

The TV host was educated at The Kings School in Worcester and went on to read English at The University of Birmingham.

He started work as a news reader at ATV and rose to national prominence presenting children's show Tiswas, both of which were filmed in television studios on Gas Street, off Broad Street.

Broad Street manager Mike Olley said: "Chris is a fantastically talented presenter who deserves a place amongst the other Midland greats that run along our Golden Mile".

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