Village pub’s live music event ‘will drive me out of my home’

John Meaker says a planned music event for a pub in Martham will be so loud he and his wife won't be able to stay in their own home.

Picture: James Bass John Meaker says a planned music event for a pub in Martham will be so loud he and his wife won't be able to stay in their own home. Picture: James Bass

Thursday, July 17, 2014
1:06 PM

A retired Martham resident has hit out at a village pub for hosting a music event which he claims will be so loud it will drive him out of his home.

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John Meaker said the weekend of live music at the Victoria Inn will leave him and fellow neighbours subjected to a “barrage of noise” making it impossible for them to enjoy their gardens - and will even have an impact indoors.

But pub landlord Darren Howlett said the August bank holiday happening, now in its third year, was good for Martham, bringing hundreds of people into the village and he had not received complaints in previous years.

Mr Meaker, 67, who has lived in Black Street for 20 years, said: “They had one or two events like this last year. They had one where we just had to leave, we spent the weekend away because we just couldn’t spend the time in the garden or in the house because of the noise.

“It’s a deluge of noise.”

The retired salesman and dad-of-two added that he did not object to the inn holding events but felt the one planned for August, set to feature several bands, was “inappropriate”.

“The size of it and where it is, that’s the issue,” he said.

The weekend of live music is set to feature a host of bands, some travelling from as far away as Wales, as well as acoustic acts.

Mr Howlett, who has run the Repps Road pub for just under four years, said the borough and parish council had given their approval for the event, and a professional sound man would be keeping an ear on the levels.

“He knows the limits and knows not to go OTT about it,” the landlord added. “The environmental health [department] have been in touch with us and instead of going until 10.30pm on Sunday, we will shut down at 10pm. There’s no problem with that.”

Mr Howlett said he did not want to upset anyone with the event did not feel it was overly noisy.

“I don’t feel it’s excessively loud, it just depends which way the wind’s blowing,” he added. “At the end of the day it’s all good for the community, it brings people to the village.”

14 comments

  • I think its good they are doing a music festival. With all the pubs closing anything to get trade in and keep them people in jobs and generate more money for the village should be a good thing. If the man went he may enjoy it.

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    Ross Patzelt

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • "Village pubs should be quiet places for a pint and a game of darts...".......................Those days are long gone I'm afraid, even in deepest Norfolk. Full marks to the landlord for innovation..

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    marty r

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • No fun should be allowed in pubs, ever. It is my personal believe that the government should also ban the following from pubs; alcohol, food, soft drinks, men, women, children, music, fun, celebrations, darts, football, billiards, card games, pool, jukeboxes, tables and chairs. These things just aren't necessary in a pub. In my day we all sat on the floor, avoided eye contact and cried into our pint glasses until there was enough liquid in there to drink. The youth of today,apalling.

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    fun police

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Pity he can't join in with his local communities event rather than running off to the paper to have a moan! I think its time Mr Meaker moved to somewhere isolated where he won't have to mix with the locals or (heaven forbid) tolerate their noise

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    catalonia13

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Well said PPH, I think your comment is the most valuable one, and it's even more valid that the event should go on as a worthy charity will benefit. Though, Mr Meaker and blister probably won't be keen on the EAAA benefitting, not with all that noise the helicopter's rotor blades make when they are saving lives...

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    mjc

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • I live directly opposite the pub and will be as affected as much if not more so than Mr Meaker. Yes it is loud but not excessively. They always finish on time, it's well patrolled and well organised. The Thursday evening is in aid of the east anglian air ambulance and I will be supporting it. As this is only once a year I think a little tolerance is called for.

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    PPH

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • We have a similar problem where I live in Suffolk, in that one or two Moaning Minnies have succeeded in stopping Bank Holiday events, with considerable financial loss to local charities and businesses. As far as this is concerned, I would suggest that, if the landlord cannot make some money by these annual events, then there won't be a pub left for anyone to have even a quiet beer. Personally, I would sooner see a pub make enough money through music "events" to remain as a traditional English pub, rather than be compelled to turn into a hushed, bijou eating establishment or quasi-restaurant, or just put up the shutters and close down; as so many have done

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    T Doff

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • A village pub is certainly not the place for a noisy music event such as this plus local roads will be clogged up with traffic attending the event. The Norfolk show ground is the kind of location for an event such as this or the middle of Thetford forest. Village pubs should be quiet places for a pint and a game of darts, disgraceful .

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    blister

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • OLDYELLA

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Heaven forbid somebody had the foresight to acutally plan an event for a bank holiday!

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    NorthCity

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Pub's today HAVE to trend or they die, if all the pubs in Martham closed, there would be an outcry... sadly ther are people who would like to pubs die, and people who think the "Old Boys" would keep a pub alive by supping Half a Mild, and killing everyone puffing on "Magpie Shag", thoes days are long past, and never to return, so pubs have to entertain, and a jovial weekend of music and fun to entertain is not much to ask for, and people have to be tolerant, OF OTHER PEOPLES ENJOYMENT, not everyone want to travel to GY, these are village people, who need a knees up, and a landlord who needs to make a living, so get out and enjoy your selves for a couple of days, and don't be a miserable ow git.

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • @blister Leaving aside the vitriol in your grammar-free comment, the story makes it very clear that many, many people will be enjoying this event, improving the local economy and helping to sustain a business that even you agree needs to find other income. The landlord has clearly done everything in his power to minimise disruption and nuisance and whilst it must be annoying for the neighbours, personally, I think it's rather unfair to insist that the event should be cancelled, and certainly not 'disgusting'. Just a thought: perhaps the landlord could compensate Mr Meaker and other locals with a free meal or similar on a quieter evening...

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    mjc

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Would he rather there were no events like this in Norfolk? or would he rather there no events at all?, perhaps he'd like the noisy boats banned from the broads or he finds the swans to noisy, either way narrow minded old miseries are not news and he is younger than Mick Jagger, can't he even wait to get into his 70's before moaning?.

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    mr mayhem

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Disgusting, pubs never sed to be noisy places, just simple places for a pint and a smoke, sadly the last labour government banned smoking in pubs and despite all the Guardian readers saying it would improve pubs and they would be busier the reverse happened now many have closed or else have to look for other income but all day music events are not suitable for a village pub

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    blister

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

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