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Dancer Bez is declared bankrupt

Bez, pictured with Shaun Ryder
Bez (left) and Shaun Ryder are still touring with Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays dancer and former celebrity Big Brother winner, Bez, has been made bankrupt for a second time.

Madchester legend Bez, real name Mark Berry, won 50,000 by taking part in the reality television show in 2005.

At the time, he said winning the money would help him with his financial problems - having first been declared bankrupt in August 2004.

Bez, 43, rose to fame as the dancer in Happy Mondays, a Manchester band with a huge following in the early 1990s.

When he left the Big Brother house, he said: "I've got bankruptcy on my case, all sorts going on and now I can just pay my bills and walk straight with no stress.

"I was in a great deal of trouble. Now I've bailed out and I'm forever grateful."

Mondays touring

Bez, of Chorlton, Manchester, was declared bankrupt at the High Court on 31 March.

According to the Insolvency Register, he is described as a "journalist and a musician".

Happy Mondays first split in 1993 and singer Shaun Ryder went on to form another band, Black Grape.

But in recent years Happy Mondays reformed and hit the road on a series of tours, which has seen Bez once again shaking his maracas to hits such as Step On and Kinky Afro.

The band released a new album, Uncle Dysfunktional, in August 2007.


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