Black Sabbath will be honoured in their home town of Birmingham next month, when a heavy metal bench is unveiled in the city. News of the project first came to light last year, and it’s now been confirmed that it’ll be revealed to the public at a ceremony on 9 February.
The heavy metal bench, which is made of steel, will feature images of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward and will be placed on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge on Broad Street.
Manager of Westside Business Improvement District, Mike Olley, tells the West Side website: “We’re so excited to be arranging this spectacular event when we expect Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward to accept the bench, honouring what’s arguably Birmingham’s most famous band.”
The initiative was spearheaded by Sabbath fan Mohammed Osama, who adds: “I’m thrilled that my plan to pay tribute to Black Sabbath in their home town has finally reached this presentation stage.”
Mr Osama is a 35-year-old consultant architect originally from Egypt who has lived and worked in Dubai for almost 27 years. He became a die-hard Black Sabbath fan aged eight and has since followed the band around the world, watching them more than 50 times in four different continents and becoming close friends with several band members.
Mr Osama added: “The handmade, stainless steel bench is now being forged in the city and will feature images of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward for Black Sabbath fans, citizens and tourists to enjoy.”
The bench was created by Egyptian artist Tarek Abdelkawi in conjunction with Etch Components and Gateway Steel Fabricators.
In addition, it’s been confirmed that Ward will also be awarded his own star on the city’s Walk Of Stars on the day. Both the heavy metal bench and new stars will be presented at the 9 February event by Birmingham’s renowned comedian Jasper Carrott, chair of the city’s Walk of Stars project.
The ceremony will take place at St Luke’s Gas Street Church at 41 Gas Street at 11am, with tickets now available for the event.
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