More than 500 people have attended the opening ceremony of the monument to Ronnie James Dio in the Bulgarian coastal town of Kavarna, the mayor of the town Tsonko Tsonev told FOCUS – Varna Radio.

Members of the Ronnie James Dio fan club in Greece have arrived for the ceremony. Some of the other people present were the members of the Bulgarian parliament Rumen Ivanov and Valentin Nikolov, deputy director of the National Revenue Agency Toshko Todorov, the editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian Telegraf daily Vladimir Yonchev, the vocalist of the Bulgarian band Ahat Zvezdi Keremedchiev, the manager of FC Chernomorets-Burgas Krasimir Balakov, the coach of FC Kaliakra-Kavarna Toni Zdravkov, as well as hundreds of fans from across the country. Dio drummer Simon Wright cut the ribbon and thanked the Bulgarian fans for the monument on behalf of Ronnie James Dio’s wife Wendy, who was moved by the idea to unveil a monument to the musician.
Tsonko Tsonev gave Simon Wright a T-shirt of FC Kaliakra-Kavarna as a gift, while Simon gave the mayor Dio’s latest album of live performances, which has not been released yet.