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Friars Heroes Hall of Fame

Robin Pike
Inducted in October 2010

Here's a very simple fact. No Robin Pike, no Friars. Ever. Robin was a local school teacher very tuned in, unlike many of his colleagues, to what was happening musically. He suggested to David Stopps whom he had met whilst Stopps was managing local band Smokey Rice (and appeared at the Grammar School Sixth Form dance in 1968) the idea of running a music club in little old Aylesbury. Stopps was not convinced given Aylesbury's dubious record of rock promotion and also felt it might work better in High Wycombe with a bigger population. Robin persisted and with a very enthusiastic collective, Stopps came on board.

Robin found a suitable venue, the ex-Services club, The New Friarage Hall in Walton Street and on June 2nd 1969, Friars opened as a club for the musically aware. Despite trials and tribulations and more than one brush with closure, the club got bigger and bigger and who'd have thought we would have seen Phase Four 41 years later? Without Robin, we quite probably wouldn't have.

Step forward Robin Pike, Friars Hero.

Here's Robin in 1976 at the Kevin Ayers gig (third from left)

Robin Pike accepting the Friars Heroes Award from David Stopps, Friars Aylesbury, October 8th 2010.

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Russ Naylor


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