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Famous sons and daughters

There are lots of people close to Wrexham’s heart. Too many to mention here. From celebrities proud of their roots to ‘ordinary’ people who’ve done something extraordinary.

We’d love to tell you about them all. But for now, here’s one or two you may have heard of.

Robbie Savage

He was feared as one of football’s hard-men. He’s got the nicest hair on TV. And he recently showed the world his mojo on the dance floor.

The former Premiership star is a Wrexham lad through and through, and took the nation by storm in 2011 when he lined up against other celebs for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. We gave him a ‘10’. But then, we were biased.

He’s also a prolific ‘tweeter’, with over half a million Twitter followers.

Go to www.twitter.com/RobbieSavage8 and follow @RobbieSavage8

Mark Hughes

Another former footballer who became a galactic name during his playing career with Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

‘Sparky’ learnt his goal-scoring skills on the playing fields of Ruabon, where he grew up, and has always been a great ambassador for Wrexham and for Wales.

Has enjoyed a high-profile management career since hanging up his boots

Russell Crowe

OK. This is a bit tenuous! But did you know that the Hollywood A-lister has an interesting link with Wrexham?

Great grandparents Fred and Kezia lived here before emigrating to Canada in 1925 with all of their children bar Russell’s grandfather, John. He stayed behind to run the family business before moving to New Zealand.

So in a way, the star of films like Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and American Gangster is one of Wrexham’s most famous grandsons. Small world.

Go to www.twitter.com/russellcrowe and follow @russellcrowe