The record company who discovered Black Sabbath is asking for the airport in Birmingham, England Airport to be named after Ozzy Osbourne after a suggested “Black Sabbath Day” failed due to lack of support.
Jim Simpson, boss of Big Bear Music states:
“I believe that there is a masterstroke that would instantly confound the cynics. Just re-name our airport! How does The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport resonate? The message that would carry is instantly international, confident, powerful, unforgettable and says, ‘Hey, world, we are proud of our own. Ozzy might not always have been a paragon of virtue, but he is a genuine flesh and blood Brummie.”
If the idea goes through and the airport renamed there’s going to be those who will compare the John Lennon airport to this one. Simpson has this to say:
Before anyone launches into a “Liverpool got there first with a John Lennon Airport” retort we should remember that their airport is distinctly unimpressive, provincial and bears no comparison with ours.
Council member Philip Parkin said he was receptive to the airport renaming suggestion.
“It’s an interesting idea and I’ve got an open mind but I think something like that would need to be consulted on fairly widely because it’s a significant part of our infrastructure,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “I would be interested to know what people thought about that as an idea. I still feel in general we need to be making the most of the talent we have got and did have in this city and with something like this we have to ask people their opinion.”