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Former Gillingham player Adam Birchall is the new owner of The Rafters in Maidstone High Street

05 August 2014
by Anna Young

Former Gills footballer Adam Birchall is hoping to score a success with a new business venture.

The 29-year-old, right, is the new owner of The Rafters, in Maidstone High Street.

Fans of the club, above Flaming Henry’s restaurant, were disappointed when it was taken over by a proprietor who was keen to book DJs rather than live musicians, for which the venue was well-known.

Adam Birchall

Adam Birchall

But the appointment didn’t last for long and Mr Birchall signed the lease six weeks ago.
The one-time Gillingham striker, who now plays for Bromley, intends to keep the nightspot’s original focus on bands and singers.

He said: “The Rafters is a really unique place where people can enjoy live music. I’ve always loved going to gigs and I’m really enjoying putting on shows.

“The feeling I get when I’m waiting for the show to start is similar to how I feel when I’m about to go on the pitch. Everyone is there, waiting for a good performance and I want make sure I deliver.”

Mr Birchall’s business partner Ibby Nurhakli, and his family, own the restaurant on the ground floor.

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