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Friars Heroes Hall of Fame

Inducted in 2009

Marillion are the band that really put Aylesbury on the map working so hard to gain a local following, still going strong after 31 years. The charismatic Fish led the band through the 1980s and their monumental Friars appearances.

Fish: I was proud to be the recipient recently of a "Friars Heroes Award" from Mike O'Connor at the Friars Aylesbury Website in recognition of my many appearances at the club in the '80s with Marillion. I was quite surprised after all these years but with the resurgence of "Hobble on the Cobbles" and a vibrant Aylesbury music scene there is renewed interest in the Friars legacy, which is immense and well worthy of celebration as one of the most important live music clubs in the UK. 

To be recognised as a major part of that history is a profound honour. Most of you are well aware of the famous shows we performed there in the early days of the bands history and our glorious returns to the hallowed hall throughout the years of our success. They have been well documented in band biographies. Although I played in Aylesbury Civic a few times as a solo artist the Friars club itself had closed and the Civic itself now is a building site with the new Civic being built in another location. 

The club has a fascinating history for Marillion fans as well as followers of the history of the UK music scene through the '70s and '80s.

Marillion accepting the Friars Heroes Award at their rural studios and Fish in Scotland

Picture: Mike O'Connor/Fish

Marillion's history at Friars



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