Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been deemed unfit to receive the FREEDOM OF
BIRMINGHAM, the highest honour that can be awarded to a citizen of the British
City councillor TONY KENNEDY led a campaign for Ozzy to pick up the
honour, claiming the former Black Sabbath frontman's battle to overcome drug
and alcohol addiction could be inspirational for residents of the city.
But other councillors rejected the idea, saying they wouldn't vote for the
heavy metal legend.
Councillor JOHN HEMMING scoffs, "Frankly I don't think he has done
anything positive for Birmingham. Do we really want the city to share a
reputation for biting the heads off bats?
"The idea of Osbourne as a role model is laughable. I can't see many
parents wanting their children to grow up like him.
"If we want to give the honour to musicians, UB40 would be a far better
bet. They have a business based in Birmingham and do a lot of charity work."
Ozzy was born in 1948 in Birmingham's Aston area. He teamed up with fellow
Birmingham residents Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and GEEZER BUTLER in the late '60s
to form Black Sabbath.