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HEAVY METAL SPRUCE UP: Black Sabbath Bench gets a make-over

 

One of Birmingham’s newest and most beloved landmarks is undergoing a refurbishment ahead of the grand post lockdown re-opening of the golden mile of Broad Street.

 Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osborne will be getting a much needed spruce up to keep them looking at their best.

The bench which sits on Broad Street’s Black Sabbath Bridge was officially opened by Iommi and Butler in June 2019. Since then the attraction has been visited by thousands of locals, fans of the band and the broadcasters from around the world. However recent construction work, the sheer number of fans visiting to have a photo taken and some vandalism has required a touch-up.

The restoration will repair any scratches or chips together with repainting of the portraits. Stewart Francis, of Etch Components, who was involved in the original work, has now been commissioned to complete the work. He says the bench is ‘the victim of its own success’ with so many sitting and leaning against the portraits for photographs.

Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, commissioned the original bench project and wants the tribute attraction to continue to draw visitors to Britain’s second city. He said: “Black Sabbath are arguably Birmingham’s most famous band, so it’s fitting that they continue to attract fans to the city through this bench. It’s lost a bit of its gloss due to all the building work, and the thousands of fans wanting to sit on it, so we are cleaning it up ready for when we can re-open Broad Street’s bars, clubs and restaurants.


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