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Roy Wood honoured on Birmingham's Walk of Stars

Birmingham-born musician Roy Wood has been honoured with a place on the city's Walk of Stars.

The 64-year-old, famous for singing I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day with glam rockers Wizzard, was in the city for the unveiling ceremony.

Wood described the honour as "really brilliant".

He was a special guest at the Birmingham Christmas Parade which was to end with the city's festive lights being switched on.

Wood, who also found fame with Electric Light Orchestra, said ahead of the ceremony: "If someone had told me when I first started in the music business that I would be recognised in this way, I would have had a problem coming to terms with that.

"I was born a Brummie and have lived in the Midlands all my life and have written most of my music here."

The presentation follows a campaign by the Sunday Mercury newspaper for Wood to receive the accolade.

Wood thanked the newspaper and thousands of fans who voted for him to be on the city's walk of fame.

Actor Julie Walters, comedians Lenny Henry and Frank Skinner and sports commentator Murray Walker are among the personalities already featured on the walkway.

Broad Street Business Improvement District is the team behind the Walk of Stars.

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