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Happy Christmas Roy: Wizzard star's stolen van returned

Roy Wood performing at the Alexandra Palace Festival, 31st July 1973 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Roy Wood wrote "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday", which he performed with his band Wizzard

A van belonging to former Wizzard singer Roy Wood's band has been returned, along with an estimated £100,000-worth of equipment inside.

The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band had their instruments taken when the vehicle was stolen in a ram-raid on a warehouse in Leeds on Thursday.

Wood - who wrote "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" - had to cancel that night's "Rockmas" gig in Hull.

West Yorkshire Police said the van and equipment were found in East Ardsley.

Wood said the van had contained "about £100,000 of gear, with PA equipment, three or four guitars, and Marshall amps".

He said the band had cancelled a show at Hull City Hall and hoped to reschedule.

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Image caption Roy Wood performing on Top of the Pops in the 1970s

Birmingham-born musician Wood, who now lives in Derbyshire, is currently on tour with his Rock 'n' Roll Band. He has previously played with The Move, ELO and Wizzard.

The band is due to play another show in Yorkshire on 20 December, at Sheffield's City Hall.

It is the final date in the Rockmas 2018 tour, which featured special guests Alfie Boe and Level 42's Mark King.

Anyone who saw the van - an Iveco Eurocargo - or witnessed the theft is urged to contact police.

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Roy Wood

  • Wood, 72, was born in Kitts Green, Birmingham, in 1946.
  • He was particularly successful in the 1960s and 1970s as a member and co-founder of The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard.
  • Wood has been credited as playing a major role in the Glam Rock, Psychedelic and Prog Rock movements.
  • In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to rock and pop by the University of Derby.

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