On Friday, July 6, Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honored on Birmingham, England's own Hollywood-style Walk of Stars in the city's Broad Street / Centenary Square. A nine-minute fan-filmed video clip shot at the induction has been posted at YouTube. Watch an Express & Star video report on the ceremony at this location. More video footage and photos are available at YouTube (courtesy of Ikonz magazine).
A delighted Ozzy was presented with his own handmade brass star by Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Randal Brew in a ceremony attended by hundreds — some had come from as far afield as Glasgow and Manchester.
Arriving at 4:00 p.m., Ozzy was closely guarded by his management as he walked the red carpet in Centenary Square, chatting to fans and signing autographs. Many had been lining up for hours to catch a glimpse of the former Aston schoolboy.
Speaking to the Express & Star from the red carpet, he said, "It's amazing to be back in Brum. It's such an honor and it's absolutely fantastic. It's just really unbelievable.
"Birmingham is a thriving city. There's just as much talent coming from here now as there is from Manchester and Liverpool. I don't come back enough, but I will be making an effort to come back more often."
Ozzy's sisters Jean Powell, aged 67, of Aldridge, Iris James, 65,of Kidderminster, and Gillian Hemming, 62, of Redditch, watched from the sidelines with the rocker's son Jack.