Frequent Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) volunteer, Ray Borrett has died aged 73. He is survived by his wife, Lynne.

Ray, an active member of the Oxford branch, was a medical laboratory scientific officer at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford He also worked at country crafts including hedge laying and carpentry.

Instantly recognisable as a “character”, he lived in Bampton, West Oxfordshire and was a familiar figure in pubs around that area, delivering the branch’s Oxford Drinker magazine.

A keen swimmer and rambler, he spent many holidays in the Yorkshire Dales.

“He loved the upstairs drinking sessions at GBBF after the bars had closed to the public,” says Lynne. “Two years ago, when he couldn’t go, his friend Ben sent him a photo of all the helpers, some in the most amazing get-ups, with a generous cheque and a lovely letter saying how much he was missed.

“Ray had an extraordinary collection of beer festival t-shirts. One said: ‘I’ve had Betty Stoggs’, and it took me some time to realise that Betty Stoggs was a beer, not a woman.”

The photo of Ray “in costume”, taken at GBBF 2014, is by Dave Richardson.

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