Fancy dress funeral for former Leeds pub landlord

Lee Brown's family want his fancy dress themed funeral service to be a celebration of his life.
Lee Brown's family want his fancy dress themed funeral service to be a celebration of his life.
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A FORMER Leeds pub landlord who died suddenly aged 38 last weekend will be dressed in a granny costume for his fancy dress themed funeral service.

Father-of-one Lee Brown, of Middleton, collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage last Saturday afternoon following a night out at the 90s Reloaded music weekend at Butlins in Skegness.

Mr Brown, his cousin Ricky Grimshaw and friends Richard Sharp and Paul Groom, were due to don granny fancy dress outfits for the Saturday night out at Butlins.

His mother Diane, 57, said her son, who was landlord of the now demolished Middleton Arms from 2006 to 2010, will be dressed in the outfit he never got to wear at his funeral service next month.

She added: “He was really looking forward to getting dressed up. He was putting his wig on and having a laugh because he looked so funny in it.

“It’s not going to a dark and dismal day, we want it (the funeral service) to be a celebration of his life. Obviously people are going to be crying, but we want it to be as happy as we can.

“He loved life and he loved fancy dress. That’s the kind of guy he was, game for a laugh. He liked to make people laugh and be happy.”

Mr Grimshaw , 36, and his friends will also be wearing granny outfits. He said: “Lee lived for fancy dress. Whenever there was an opportunity to get fancy dress on, he was there.”

Mr Brown’s family agreed for his major organs to be donated and his heart has already been used in a transplant operation in Birmingham.

His funeral will be held at 11.40am on Tuesday October 7 at Cottingley Hall Crematorium followed by a wake at the Falconers Rest on Thorpe Lane, Middleton.

Collections will be made for Macmillan cancer support nurses and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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