Birmingham Forever! What Ozzy Osbourne said about the Commonwealth Games Bull being named after him
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The Brummie Bull aka the Raging Bull which was a star of the Commonwealth Games 2022 has been named - just in time before it goes to its new and permanent home at Birmingham New Street Station.
The naming process involved suggestions from the people of Birmingham with a shortlist of four choices being drawn up namely: Brummie, Bostin, Boulton and Ozzy.
And, it was the last one - Ozzy - that took the title, announced today (Thursday, June 22). Birmingham-born rocker Ozzy Osbourne had urged people to vote to name the bull after him. And, after 28,000 votes - 70% of which were for Ozzy - the naming process is complete.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street announced the name of the bull this morning and since then Ozzy, aged 74, has reacted to sharing his name with the bull. Ozzy, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, shared a video message with BBC News.
He said: “When I was asked last year to close the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, they didn’t have to ask me twice. I jumped on the next plane and flew back to England. I was honoured to close the Games.
“And, this year, I’ve been told that they’ve chosen my name to name the bull, which is going to be in the station I believe in Birmingham.
“I can’t believe it, I’m absolutely blown away. Thank you for all your votes. I don’t know what to say anymore. I’m just thrilled to bits. God bless you all. And Birmingham Forever!”