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GUEST,SB When UK Folk Music Was Illegal ... (20) RE: When UK Folk Music Was Illegal ... 22 May 19


Re: Belper Folk Club - closed after a police raid ....

A poster says

"I'm not from the Belper club, but as I recall the venue had been in use for some 30 years without PEL. (one of the 95% of licensed premises that don't have PEL),

" In order to run legally it was a members only venue. Not open to the public, no PEL required. However, two visitors came to the club, took out membership on the door, stayed for half an hour or so and left. They turned out to be plain clothes police.

The Licensee and organisers were then notified that either the club cease or a proceedings would be taken. Membership of a private club cannot be taken at the door but must be at least 24 hours and preferably 48 hours in advance of first attendance.

Please note that the police did not specify a time scale but 'prefered' a 48 hour membership, that they joined the club in order to obtain evidence that this was not being applied although the club had been functioning for such an extended period. No noise complaints, no safety issue and as far as I know no nude floor spot!"

And the situation pertains today.


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