Tony and Tracey Dyett, who have put in an extensive commitment of time and money to make “Jazz on the Hill” in Herne Hill work, have written the following on their Facebook page:
Dear Jazz on the Hill friends & customers,
It is a sad day for JOTH – the previous owner of the Poet has convinced the leaseholder to give him back the business premises and has refused us entry. All locks have been changed for the second time despite us paying our rent till March 2013. We now have to fight the legal route to salvage what we have put in to Jazz on the Hill. We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your support and custom.
Best wishes to everyone. Tony & Tracey
People like this are the life-blood of the UK’s jazz scene. Let’s hope they can win the battle they now face, and that they will rise again.