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The party is finally over for one legendary clubbing destination.

Excalibur Nightclub in the King Charles Hotel in Gillingham is being demolished to make way for housing.

Over the years it played host to some of the biggest names of the time, from jungle pioneer General Levy to rave heroes The Prodigy.

Excalibur is being demolished to make way for a potential development of flats
Excalibur is being demolished to make way for a potential development of flats
Medway Council is considering an application for 57 flats and 25 extra rooms at the hotel
Medway Council is considering an application for 57 flats and 25 extra rooms at the hotel

Rap duo Salt-N-Pepa, cult icon Rick Astley and heart throbs Bros also made appearances as the Gillingham venue welcomed revellers from far and wide throughout the 80s and 90s.

Launched as the NAAFI club it became The Regency in 1982 before its final incarnation as Excalibur — which enjoyed a hugely successful run which last from 1989 until its close in 1998.

In January an Ultra 90s night was held at the spot to say one last goodbye.

The Brompton Road site is being razed to make way for a potential development which would see 57 one to three bedroom flats built across a four and five story block with associated car parking.

There would also be extension works on the surviving hotel which will see 25 more bedrooms and conference facilities added on a new floor.

Demolition work has started
Demolition work has started
Excalibur Nightclub, Gillingham, Kent. file pic dated 1997 Negative Reference: 23.4963.W.97 (6120268)
Excalibur Nightclub, Gillingham, Kent. file pic dated 1997 Negative Reference: 23.4963.W.97 (6120268)

Hotel owner and former club DJ Stephen Degiorgio said they were yet to hear back on planning permission for the project.

He said: "It's quite exciting about the future but it's also very sad to see it all go. It's been part of our family for 40 years now.

"But time moves on and the clubbing industry is not as strong as it once was and everyone needs to keep going."

Hotel owner and former club DJ Stephen Degiorgio during the club's heyday
Hotel owner and former club DJ Stephen Degiorgio during the club's heyday

A decision is expected on the plans — which can be viewed in full here — before the end of October.

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