Brum scene personality has died

Brum scene personality has died
Local News
Posted on 14 Mar 2019

One of Birmingham's long standing scene personalities and former General Manager of The Village Inn has died. Dez Barrett, who has been one of the faces of the Birmingham Gay Scene over the last 30 years, has passed away. Everyone at Midlands Zone sends their deepest sympathy to his mother Dee Barrett, family and friends. 


The news was announced by lifetime friend Phil Oldershaw, who commented, "Dez was my brother from another mother, a person I have shared ups and downs, tears and laughter and most of all; a huge portion of my life as my best friend. I am gutted to the core.  He was a beautiful soul, friend and lifelong energy that shall live on in spirit forever. Taken far too young and will be truly missed."

Details of his funeral will be announced once they have been arrange. 


Condolences have been flooding in from Facebook, including:

Gareth Scratcherd, former owner of Angels Cafe Bar said "So very sad to hear of the passing of a lovely lovely man Dez Barrett who turned my offer of marriage down many times!  Sending love to all but especially to his wonderful mum.


Karl Smith said "Such a witty kind guy with an enthusiasm for fun, life, and laughter, and who was always one for glitz and glamour! R.I.P Dez Shine bright like you always did"

Stacey Donohue "You will be truly missed ... you always had a smile for anyone who needed it and were nothing but lovely to me! I am so sorry you’re gone... give Mykee a cuddle from all of us"


Adrian Imach "I don’t know what to say. I’m truly heartbroken my friend. Thank you for your support, great time spent together, laugh and tears. Miss and love you so much. "

Andy Fisher "I’m completely shocked RIP Dez Barrett. A Face I’ve known in Birmingham for 15 years since my first outing at only 17. Always made me smile. Shine bright as Always"


Andy Shellis "Awful news. Such a shock. We think were invincible but our lives are precious. Rest well Dez Barrett"

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