11th February 2017
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Bryn Lewis, founder and creator of The Brook, died yesterday following a short illness.
As an established licensee in Southampton and following on from managing several successful pubs in the city, Bryn acquired The Brook in 1995 and transformed the original pub into the two tier music venue we know and love. He had a simple aim: to create a venue where people could have fun and enjoy live entertainment. Bryn conceived and generated a unique ethos and culture that will continue to live on and from which many, many people have, and will continue to, derive a lot of pleasure.
His long time friend and business partner Dylan will continue to manage The Brook with the new addition of Bryn’s eldest son, Nick, to build upon and continue his father’s legacy.
The Brook family, our customers, artists and their management will miss him tremendously and send their most sincere condolences and best wishes to Bryn’s family.
On behalf of Bryn’s family and all those associated with The Brook we would like to thank everybody very much for the enormous number of tributes that have been flooding in for Bryn. We are overwhelmed by the volume of responses plus how kind and supportive people have been.
Many people have generously been asking to send flowers or donations. After much thought, we have decided on two alternatives.
The first is a charity page where you can donate to Arthritis Research in Bryn’s memory. Arthritis caused Bryn a great deal of pain over the past few years although he never let it get in the way of his work! It is also something that affects close members of his family so this is a very worthy cause that Bryn would have supported.
The second option is a crowdfunding page to create a beautiful Brook Garden. Bryn loved plants and so, in memory of him, we would like to realise his dream and vision of a creating an outdoor platform for live music events. Something that we all can enjoy in his memory. Bryn was passionate about making this a reality, however as a venue we have been unable to fund this project. If you would like to be part of this, please make a donation or if you are able to volunteer help then also get in touch.