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Jazz band sends off Dave in style.

Byline: Kat Keogh

A "TIRELESS" fund-raiser has been given a musical send-off to the sounds of his favourite jazz tunes.

Family and friends gathered at the Robin Hood Crematorium in Solihull to bid a fond farewell to jazz fan and fund-raiser Dave Barnett, who died following a long illness.

The 78-year-old greatgrandfather, from Solihull, used his love of music to encourage people to donate to charity. He was a familiar sight at the annual Birmingham International Jazz Festival armed with a collecting tin for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

His efforts helped to pay for 24 guide dogs and the Arthur Brown New Orleans Band played at the service as a tribute.

Dave's son Neil said having jazz music at the service was the one thing his father would have wanted.

"He always loved his jazz music," said Neil, aged 36. "The Jazz Festival was the highlight of his year and the ten days he would take off for the festival was usually the only holiday time he would take." Mourners were asked to make donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind rather than floral tributes in memory of Dave, who was a self-employed electrical control engineer.

Tim Jennings from Big Bear Music, which organises the yearly Jazz Festival, said Dave would be much missed by the music community..

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The Arthur Brown New Orleans Band playing at the funeral of Dave Barnett at the Robin Hood Cemetery in Solihull.
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