One Direction's Liam Payne picks up top Wolverhampton honour

As one fifth of superstar boyband One Direction, Liam Payne is used to picking up awards and accolades. But being recognised by his home city of Wolverhampton was the greatest honour he could receive, he said last night.

Pop superstar Liam Payne holds his new award surrounded by a host of previous accolades
Pop superstar Liam Payne holds his new award surrounded by a host of previous accolades

Liam was one of a string of celebrities honoured during a glittering awards ceremony applauding the city’s most treasured people.

The Sons & Daughters awards ceremony was held at Molineux last night to recognise the talent that has come out of Wolverhampton. The 20-year-old from Bushbury won one of the accolades at the event, run in conjunction with the Express & Star, and said that it was the most important prize he had ever accepted.

Liam was unable to be there yesterday due to a work commitment in New Zealand, but his proud parents represented him at the ceremony.

Singer Liam, who first found fame on The X Factor, said last night’s accolade was the one he was most grateful for and would take pride of place on his shelf.

He said: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for this. My band has picked up a lot of awards over the past few years, but for me, this is the one I’m definitely most grateful for. Wolverhampton’s my home and it always will be.

“I want to say a massive thank-you to all those people years ago who gave me the opportunities that I needed to get me where I am today, and I wanted to say a massive thank-you to the people that nominated me for this.

“It’s definitely the most important award. It's going to take pride on my shelf.”

Today, he added:

Geoff and Karen Payne being presented by Graham Evans for their son Liam Payne.
Geoff and Karen Payne being presented with the award for their son Liam, by Graham Evans.

The awards were set up two years ago to honour the superstars that have come out of Wolverhampton and the ceremony staged at the Wolves stadium was driven by Wolverhampton business organisation Partners in Progress, with support from Wolverhampton City Council, Wolverhampton University and the Express & Star.

The other winners were Wolves legend Steve Bull, former England goalkeeper Bert Williams, gymnast Kristian Thomas, athlete Denise Lewis, Slade guitarist Dave Hill and Lord Bilston.

See also: Gongs galore for Wolverhampton's top talents

For a two-page special on the Sons & Daughters awards, see today's Express & Star

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Comments for: "One Direction's Liam Payne picks up top Wolverhampton honour"

Paddy paddy Mulligan

Still a baggie fan though eh?

Liam the Baggie

Great to see Baggies fan taking a Wolverhampton award!!


Boing! Boing! Up The Baggies!


"The other winners were Wolves legend Steve Bull",,,strange, thought he came from Tipton!!!!!!

Eat crow

The talent that has come out of Wolverhampton?

Where are the families that built our reputation as an engineering giant in the World.

I would say the awards are 1-Dimensional whilst true talent ( that does not seek anything) goes silently on without the need for awards to keep them in the limelight.

Here today 1-D, tomorrow another group. Transient success should never be rewarded.

Get a life first D

Awards awards, away with awards.

Bilston Baggie

Good job we have a competitive Premier League football team, with a strong squad, otherwise Liam might want to play for his beloved team, like his bandmate at Donnie!

beenish 1D

I love u Liam ....:*

Dudley is not Wolves!

Wasn't Denise Lewis born in Sandwell as well?


So glad Liam won, he is my idol and he never fails to make me proud. So glad he comes from roughly the same area as me

Pili Payne

one direction is an excellent band. as its members! i love u Liam


Dudley is not Wolves? I think maybe Denise was born in West Brom but she grew up in Wolvo,I knew her at Regis Comprehensive, her mother lives in Pendeford and she calls it home as do this Liam's family, what exactly is your inane point? Is it if Liam Payne is from Wolverhampton and supports Albion for some reason then he isn't really from Wolverhampton? How old are you by the way?


I love u liam ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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