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Thursday December 29th 1983

friars aylesbury phase three - vale hall, civic centre, market square, aylesbury

marillion inducted into the friars heroes hall of fame in 2009

exclusive friars aylesbury interview with fish, pete trewavas and mark kelly

pictures from this gig in the galleries

friars aylesbury christmas party part two


nigel planer as neil
related friars history (click on date)
Marillion Saturday August 1st 1981 Saturday October 31st 1981 Saturday February 20th 1982 Saturday June 12th 1982 Friday March 18th 1983  Saturday December 22nd 1984 Saturday November 9th 2013

Ian Mosley (Darryl Way's Wolf) Saturday November 3rd 1973

Pete Trewavas (Orthi, Heartbeat, The Robins, The Cameras) Monday 20th September 1976  Thursday 23rd December 1976 Saturday 19th March 1977 Friday December 23rd 1977 Saturday 14th October 1978  Friday 23rd February 1979

band line up
Fish (vocs)  Pete Trewavas (bass)  Steve Rothery (guitar)  Mark Kelly (keys) Ian Mosley (drums)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)





webmaster                                                                                                                             the Friars Christmas Party and the glorious local boys homecoming. Marillion were great as ever, but what was this for the support act? Yes it was Nigel Planer, he of The Young Ones and he appeared with long hair as Neil from said show and performed a hippy orientated set (remember the “let’s have some Marillion line from The Young Ones?) which was fairly amusing but before he had the hit single with Hole in my Shoe.

What was funny though was when David Stopps came on stage to introduce Marillion, Planer, still as Neil, came on and took over saying that “it’s in my contract that I have to introduce Marillion or I’ll get my bollocks kicked!” to everyone’s amusement...and Mr Stopps' bemusement

press cuttings
what happened next

         Were the biggest thing out of Aylesbury for years and by the mid eighties were filling huge arenas. Fish left the band in 1988 and has since released a considerable number of solo albums and is still touring as at 2012. Marillion employed Steve Hogarth as their new singer and 20 plus years on, retain a loyal and big fanbase which paid for one album to be made in return for credit on the sleeve. Their style has changed with only an occasional nod back to the Fish era.

n 2007, Fish headlined Aylesbury's Hobble on the Cobble annual event, finally being able to sing Market Square Heroes in the Market Square. What made this particularly noteworthy and indeed very newsworthy was that he replaced his band for this song with Messrs Kelly, Rothery, Trewavas and Mosley making this the first 'classic' Marillion performance in nearly 20 years

Marillion came back to Friars in 2013, selling out again and drawing an audience from all over the UK and beyond

Marillion were inducted into the Friars Heroes hall of fame in 2009.


Nigel Planer            

Went on to become a well established actor still working today. He also had a huge hit in 1984 with Hole In My Shoe

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Marillion - Margaret 
Nigel Planer as Neil - Hole In My Shoe

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