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Rocker Ozzy welcomed home by fans

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Ozzy Osbourne says he would never take elocution lessons to lose his accent

Hundreds of fans have greeted Birmingham's famous son Ozzy Osbourne as he returned to the city to sign copies of his autobiography.

The former Black Sabbath frontman, who was born in Aston 60 years ago, signed copies of his memoirs I Am Ozzy in city centre shops.

Osbourne, who now lives in Los Angeles, said when he returns to his old home "I just become a Brummie again".

The rock star spent time at Selly Oak's military hospital during his visit.

He said: "I went to the military hospital as I do when I come up here and said 'hello' to the soldiers... if it brightens someone's day, what's wrong with that?"

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Ozzy Osbourne signed some bodies as well as books

He added that he also visited military hospitals when he was in America.

The singer was greeted by excited fans in Birmingham, where he also signed some fans' bodies.

Osbourne said he had decided to take a year off and write his life story after being encouraged to do so by his wife Sharon.

He also said he would never have elocution lessons because he liked his Birmingham accent.

Osbourne, who had said he would never write his memoirs, also admitted to recently achieving another hurdle - passing his driving test on the 19th attempt.



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