Oh lordy, where do I start?
Firstly love to Sue, Jamie, Binnie and
Twinks, my family, for putting up with me hogging the PC, jumping up
and down with delight every time the marimba player of Toad The Wet
Sprocket had emailed me even though he could remember nothing, the
occasional frustration and my nearly always relentless enthusiasm to
the point of obsessiveness and lots and lots and lots of very late nights.
Hugs. I will get those shelves up...honest. Oh and yes, Principal
Edwards Magic Theatre really did exist as did Blossom Toes, despite
assertions I was making it all up as I went along. I wasn't. Honest.
Very special thanks to David Stopps
for supporting this venture (and making it valid), John Braley, Robin Pike (without whom
there may well have been no Friars), Kris Needs and Peter Davidson at the
Bucks Herald for their help and support. Big thanks also to Adrian
Roach for repeating his special 1972 Friars talent for us and also
for providing the very early flyers for this site. Big thanks to
Jerry Slater for the early billboard posters and some tickets and
Very special thanks to Judy Pearce who
provided nearly all the flyers for this site. This was probably the
biggest fillip I could have had when I wasn't totally sure where
this was going and stopped me banging my head on the wall. Other
flyers provided by the webmaster, David Stopps, Rob Lehmann, Adrian
Roach, Keith Bradbury, Gary Fitzsimmons, Mike Grant and Simon Quincey. Also thanks to
Tony Flower (for flyers missing from 1977/78 and odds from
1980-1984).Thanks also to Steve Upstone who had started a history of
Friars and sent me his documentation.
Billboard posters - All sourced from
the David Stopps archive except thanks to Chris Loon (Toyah,
Teardrop Explodes 1982, Pretenders 1981), David Bentley (Squeeze
1982), Richard Burt (Madness 1979), Andy Kinch, Simon Quincey
(Solstice, Genesis 1980, Camel 1981, Marillion 1983, China Crisis
1983, Otway 1982, King Crimson 1981, Kid Creole Oct 1982, Gary
Glitter 1984), Jerry Slater (1969 posters), Keith Bradbury (Dr Feelgood May
1975), John Hodgeson, John Sanders/Dayna Karas (Wire 1979), Bonzi
(Killing Joke 1981, X-Mal Deutschland 1984, Sisters of Mercy 1984),
Martin Baker (Slade 1981)
Thanks also to Keith for the 1973
birthday memorabilia and courtesy.
Thanks also to Simon for the FA Poll
Results and autographed SLF flyer, along with our friends at UK
Decay HQ. Thanks to Chris Booker for some updated lineups and
All tickets sourced from the David
Stopps archive, except Bowie 72, Cockney Rebel August 74 and
Eurythmics (thanks Richard Burt),Stiff Little Fingers 1979 (Clive
Weedon), John Martyn 1981 (thanks Andre Kreutzmann), Pink Floyd
1969, Colisseum 1969, Procol Harum 1970 (all Jerry Slater), King
Crimson 1981 (Gerard Boland), X-Mal Deutschland (Mark Wright),
Grandmaster Flash (Richard, surname unknown), Altered Images 1982,
Nine Below Zero 1982, Pretenders 1981, Kinks 1982, Blues Band 1982,
Squeeze 1982, Marillion 1982/1983/1984, Blancmange 1983, Orange
Juice 1983, Howard Jones 1983/4 (all from the webmaster), Marillion
Dec 1983 (Andrew Mian), Bonzi (Joboxers, Big Country 1983)
Many photographs courtesy of John Braley (mostly of Geoff Tyrrell origin). Other photos courtesy of
Andy Kinch (PTO) Les Payne (Mainland), Brian Godding (Blossom
Toes), Kris Needs (Graham Bond, Cockney Rebel, Dr Feelgood). Thanks
to Les for delving in his scrapbook for press cuttings for the site
and for an enjoyable afternoon in his company. Big thanks to Gary
Leeson for retrieving the photos of many gigs 1978-1981. Thanks to
Tim and Colleen Watts (Clash/Slits/Siouxsie 1978/SLF 1979). Thanks
to Bob Surguy (Sore Willies 1980). Thanks to Bonzi for UK Subs and
PIL pictures. Thanks to Geoff Nicholson for the East of Eden
pictures. Thanks to Sue Greensmith for some of the early pictures as
well. Thanks to Sarah Woods for pictures of Siouxsie and Adam and
the Ants. Thanks to Chris Gibbons for the 999 pictures.
Remembering the Civic Centre gallery: Big
thanks to Stuart Robb, Joss O'Kelly and Karl Vaughan (who allowed me
to use pictures from his Aylesbury Remembered Facebook site of the
Thanks to Graham and Wendy Britten for the SLF
1980 autograph scans.
Thanks to Andrew Mian for photographs
(mostly of Geoff Tyrell origin) of Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Toyah and
Thanks to Martin Percival for the 1994
Friars Exhibition pictures.
Huge very big thanks to Geoff Tyrell and
Don Stone for allowing use of their photo collections - hugely
important collections in documenting Friars history.
A big thanks to Russ Naylor and Neale
Wareham for their photographic support of all the 'new' Friars gigs.
Very big thanks to Derek Pelling at the
Bucks Herald for all his assistance allowing me unhindered access to
the Herald's negatives archives (2011)
Thanks to those webmasters who allowed
me to use material and who are linking this site to theirs - we've
linked to them in the artiste pages.
A big thank you to the artistes who
have contributed to this site. It was a very big (and almost
unreasonable) ask to go back nearly 40 years in some cases. Big
thanks to the artistes who agreed to be interviewed.
Big thanks also to those members who
have written pieces for the site.
and....thanks to the 87,000 members,
without whom.......sorry let's now make that 90,000 as at