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Ozzy is backing star bid.

Byline: ANDY COLEMAN;PAUL COLE

BRUMMIE rock icon Ozzy Osbourne has added heavyweight support to the Sunday Mercury's Get Woody A Star campaign.

The Prince of Darkness, who was the first person to be inducted onto Birmingham's Walk Of Stars, says Roy Wood has made such an important contribution to Brum's music scene that he MUST be honoured.

''I'm amazed that Roy wasn't up for one of the first stars,'' said 60-year-old Ozzy, while promoting his autobiography in Birmingham.

''He was with Carl Wayne in The Move, then ELO and Wizzard.

"When I was a kid it was all the Liverpool scene - but Birmingham has had its fair share of successful entertainers throughout my life. We had just as many as Liverpool did.'' Among the other recipients of a Broad Street star is comic Frank Skinner, who reads the audio book version of Ozzy's memoirs, I Am Ozzy.

''It was a good choice, he's got the humour - and the accent,'' said Ozzy.

Now he's on the lookout for someone to portray him in a planned big screen film.

''They want to make a movie of my life," Ozzy explained.

"I'm trying to find someone who's not a big star, someone who's an up-and-coming guy. I don't want an established person.

''It's like when Gary Oldman did Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy. He was up and coming then, and did a good job.'' Ozzy is the latest Osbourne to pen his story, following books by wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack.

''The Osbournes are turning towards the literary side of the entertainment world,'' grinned Aston-born Ozzy.

''Sharon's had a couple of books out and now she's working on a fiction story.

"I'm not going to start writing novels...

but a few years ago I did say that wouldn't do an autobiography, so who knows?" Last night, Ozzy's praise of Woody was echoed by Birmingham chart star Toyah Willcox.

"Roy is a genius whose music has represented Birmingham all over the world," said the 51-year-old singer from Kings Heath.

"He certainly deserves his place on the Walk of Stars, and I wholeheartedly support the Sunday Mercury campaign. Toyah, who now lives in the Worcestershire town of Pershore, is currently touring with a 1980s revival pop package. She has just recorded an album with her new band The Humans, and plans to tour with the group in the New Year.

The Birmingham Walk of Stars is organised and funded by the Broad Street Business Improvement District, which represents the 260-plus businesses in the area - the Midlands premier entertainment district, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors a week.

We want Roy to be immortalised with a star on the Birmingham Walk Of Stars. To sign our online petition, head for www.sundaymercury.net and follow the Roy Wood links.

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LEGEND: Ozzy Osbourne signing copies of his new book in Birmingham on Friday and (inset) Toyah Willcox.
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