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Music legend brave enough to drive The Krays out of Birmingham dies at 90

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Eddie Fewtrell, the man credited with keeping the notorious Krays out of Birmingham died at the age of 90 last weekend (February 13). The legend, who owned a string of legendary nightclubs in the West Midlands, passed away on the farm where he had retired.

The former nightclub owner said he had “never heard” of the East London gang before they had arrived in Birmingham, but had no problem banishing the Krays when they threatened his neon-lit empire.

In the 1960s and 70s, Eddie, one of eight brothers, wasn’t just the leading player on the nightclub scene. He was the nightclub scene, at the helm of such well-known establishments as the Bermuda, Cedar, Boogies, Abigails and Edwards No7, BirminghamLive reports.

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Eddie Fewtrell retired on a farm in Herefordshire

The dad-of-three brought a steady stream of big names to Birmingham and counted Tom Jones and Jimmy Tarbuck as friends. Success spawned jealousy – and attracted those who wanted a slice of the action.

Infamous villains Ronnie and Reggie Kray, eager to expand from their East End empire, were at the front of the queue – and, allegedly, paid a heavy price for muscling in on Eddie’s manor. Eddie later denied folklore tales of a bloody mass brawl with the twins’ foot-soldiers.

In an interview with BirminghamLive at his sprawling, 40-acre country seat close to Ross-on-Wye – a home shared with second wife Marleen, the former entrepreneur went into deadpan detail over his violent altercation with Kray muscle Tony and Chris Lambrianou, who entered the Bermuda club to wring protection money. Ronnie and Reggie had first staked out Eddie’s burgeoning empire. Eddie was less than impressed and slung them out of the Bermuda.

“The Krays were well-known in London, but in Birmingham, I’d never heard of them,” he wrote in his book ‘King of Clubs’. “So when they told me who they were, it didn’t mean a thing. I just said, ‘p*** off’. They were on my turf, so my attitude was, how could they think of taking me on in Birmingham?

“A little while later, the Lambrianous came down, throwing their weight around – and I did the same with them. I beat them up and threw them out. It’s as simple as that.”

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He remembered one of the gangland “insurance salesmen” was hit so hard, he travelled from one end of the room to another. Eddie also recalled that first meeting with the Krays. “They were in a group and someone was talking and I said, ‘what’s up, can’t they speak for themselves?’ One of them – Ronnie, I think, nodded and slapped the bloke across the face,” he said.

“I think the Krays didn’t want Birmingham,” he added. “I don’t think they wanted the clubs, but they did want revenge. I think they came down because they wanted to open a drugs hub in Birmingham to distribute the drugs the Americans had asked them to sell in Birmingham.”

Birmingham folklore has it the Lambrianous clash spawned the Battle of Snow Hill – a late 1960s collision between the Krays firm, sent to teach Brummies some respect, and Eddie’s ad-hoc Aston army.

Tipped off by Irish contacts in the capital, the Birmingham mob were waiting as the Cockney enforcers disembarked at the station. There was blood on the tracks that night.

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