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Tributes as Blues events guru Des dies at 65

Tributes have been paid to a well known Berkswell businessman who died after being struck by a train.

Des Blee
Des Blee

Tributes have been paid to a well known Berkswell businessman who died after being struck by a train.

Events organiser Des Blee, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident at Berkswell Railway Station on Friday night.

The former Birmingham City commercial manager and widely-known events organiser had been a fixture on the West Midlands sporting, charity and events scene for well over 30 years.

Sporting and business celebrities this week remembered the popular personality who had worked for decades in the West Midlands organising VIP lunches and dinners with stars including Jackie Charlton, Nobby Stiles, Henry Cooper, Gordon Banks, John Conteh and Jasper Carrott.

A fixture at Blues in the 70s and 80s, Des was in charge of the famous D Club which became the Trevor Francis suite, followed by Bar 8 – and eventually became commercial manager at the club.

A Birmingham City spokesman said: “Birmingham City is devastated to learn of the tragic death of Des Blee, who was not only a former employee but a friend of the club.”

Rick Cressman, owner of Nailcote Hall near the village, was a long-standing friend. He said: “Des and his partner Pauline have been very good friends of ours for many, many years. I had known him for around 20 years – it was quite a shock to hear of this.”

TV star Gary Newbon said: “I had not seen him for quite a while but always found him pleasant, with a smile on his face. He was very well connected.”

 

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