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Pub quiz theme tune silenced after noise complaints

Before and after sing song was 'highlight of the night', say regulars

28 September, 2018 — By Rory Cameron and Sam Booth

From left: quizmaster Jonny Cross with regulars Jeremy Hollier, Michael Johnson and Caroline Sargent

WHICH Westminster pub has had to stop playing its own catchy theme tune after noise complaints from neighbours?

The correct answer is The Warwick in Pimlico.

The Sunday quiz nights in Lillington and Longmoore Gardens hosted by Jonathan Cross – aka Jonny the Fox – had been pulling in more than 100 people a night.

But organisers say numbers are dwindling since a 55-second opening and closing song had to be dropped following complaints.

Mr Cross said the song – played at the 8pm start and around 9.30pm at the end of the quiz – had become a “highlight of the night”.

He added: “It just isn’t the same without it. Everyone wants the song back.”

The catchy song can be heard on Jonny the Fox’s website and there is also an online petition to overturn the ban with 65 signatures. A paper petition at the bar has been signed by more than 70 customers.

The council said it had not banned the song but had recently reminded the pub to stop playing it so loudly, following several complaints.

Quiz regular Henry Scott-Irvine said that pub quiz fans could respond to the ban by singing the song without the music at the end of the night.

He said: “The ironic thing is that it’s really not a rowdy crowd, and the actual quiz is fairly quiet.”

And he questioned whether other pubs would be told to stop making a noise and how business

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