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Queen Charlotte in Rochester High Street closes down

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A popular Rochester pub has closed after its bosses were landed with a High Court music ban and legal costs of £2,219.

The order was made in April against Kashmir and Luke Tuman after they were caught playing recorded copyrighted tracks at the Queen Charlotte in the High Street without a proper music licence.

The judge was told that an inspector heard the music coming from the basement club.

The Queen Charlotte pub in High Street, Rochester has closed down
The Queen Charlotte pub in High Street, Rochester has closed down

Failure to comply with the Phonographic Performance Ltd rules can result in a hefty fine and prison sentence.

A post on the pub’s Facebook page says: “Due to circumstances out of our control the Queen Charlotte and Bassment 159 will unfortunately be closing its doors at the end of this month (June).”

A spokesman from Ei Publican Partnerships, formerly known as Enterprise Inns, which owns the pub, said: “The Queen Charlotte, Rochester, is currently closed.

“We would like to reassure members of the community we aim to reopen this site with a new operator as soon as possible.”

Until a few years ago, the pub was also home to a strip club, but lost its licence to the Casino Rooms as the council will not permit two such establishments in the High Street.

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