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The Pretty Things ticket queue
Friday April 17th 2009
Photographer credit: Mike O'Connor / Stuart Robb 

A report from the frontline - first Friars tickets in 25 years go on sale.

Aylesbury Civic Centre, Friday April 17th, 2pm.

By 2pm when tickets went on sale, there was a very sizeable queue and a lot of interest and not just from the passers by. The media was out in force too. Not just any old media. The Bucks Herald, Bucks TV and the venerable BBC who ran a fantastic news item about the concert and the queues on the main evening news bulletin in the Oxford region. Oh, even the Friars website was there. It was also great to see so many original Friars members turning up to get their tickets.

Well before 2pm the queue had started forming.

Ah..... the memories


Blimey..... LOTS of's Genesis and The Police all over again...without the cattle market!

Bucks TV's Richard Carr and Jam Central's Stuart Robb

2pm..... and they're off! These are the first people in the queue.



This man receives very the first Friars tickets in 25 years.

The Civic box office staff doing a sterling job getting ticket sales moving along.

Meeting and greeting the queue is Friars promoter David Stopps.

This is what everyone is here for!

This man is Ian Graib. He bought tickets on Friday and more impressively was at the very first gig on June 2nd 1969. He would have been Friars member No1.....but a problem on the night meant that the record books show him at no 10.

This is Friars fan Joss O'Kelly who was interviewed by BBC News.

"Hello CNN? Aren't you supposed to be here?

David Stopps and punters from the old days...Rupert, Kris Needs and Rocking Ray Smith

The Boys Are Back In Town/Friends Reunited.......legendary journalist and original Friars members Kris Needs, legendary Friars promoter David Stopps and legendary Borough Assembly Hall/Civic Centre manager John Braley.

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