LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- A rabid Ozzy Osbourne fan has started a petition on Causes.com seeking to get the “Godfather of Heavy Metal” knighted, which has already surpassed its original goal of 5,000 signatures and is quickly closing in on 6,000.
Helen Maidiotis started the petition in February and recently increased the amount of signatures she is seeking after the campaign started to gain a little steam. The campaign has 10 weeks left to reach its goal of attracting the attention of Honours and Appointments Secretariat David Spooner.
“I am petitioning for Ozzy Osbourne, frontman for Black Sabbath to receive a Knighthood after over 40 years of service to the music industry,” Maidiotis wrote in the petition. “Now in his mid 60's, I believe the time has come for him to receive a Knighthood. Please consider Mr Osbourne for this honour as it is well deserved and long over due.”
Maidiotis, 45, originally wanted to get every member of Black Sabbath knighted, but chose to focus her attention on Ozzy’s knighthood to give the campaign a better chance to succeed.
“I have fought long and hard for this along with my followers on The Knighthood Of Ozz Facebook page, and though, at times, I feel like we are not getting anywhere, I am not one for giving up,” Maidiotis told the Birmingham Mail. “I intend to see this right through to the end, whatever the outcome.”
Osbourne, 65, could receive the honor if it is determined that he made “significant contributions to national life.”