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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

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Dani Filth maintains he's the wholesome face of the county

Suffolk - (Heavy Metal Fatigue): Is an Ozzy Osbourne dark agenda behind a blazing row that's erupted at the Suffolk Tourism Board?

The Black Sabbath musician is rumored to be linked to rampant insider knobbling about the popularity of Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth.

Ipswich resident Filth, 69, was recently was voted the county's most popular visitor icon.

But he's just been deleted from the Suffolk promotion despite polling a record 130,025 votes.

The iconic heavy metal singer - real name Daniel Lloyd Davey - is said to be severely miffed that the competition's runner-up, a derelict swimming pool in Broomhill, may now replace him as the official face of Suffolk tourism.

The former 1930s lido polled just over 2,000 votes.

Music industry sources said today they suspect Black Sabbath's Osbourne might be behind Filth's toppling because of a 20 year copyright spat.

Sabbath's 1994 smash hit 'Hand That Rocks The Cradle' was famously at the core of a massive row following accusations of plagiarism and fun-poking.

Dani Filth always maintained the band's Cradle of Filth name preceded the Black Sabbath song by at least three years and that Osbourne's lyrics were defamatory.

A copyright lawsuit about one of the verses - 'When the hand that rocks the cradle, is the hand that holds the knife/And the knife that cuts the cable, kills the spark that feeds the life' - was eventually settled out of court.

Several other versions of the same song have been written and recorded by musicians including The Smiths, Glen Campbell, Rolf Harris, Big Stan, UB40 and farces' sweetmeat Dame Vera Lynn.

None of these recording artistes are involved in the current Filth furor.

A spokesperson fort Suffolk District Council said today the Filth image is not one they want to promote 'because it might lure undesirables' to the county.

Ozzy Osbourne is 109.

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