Bowie memorial event in Aylesbury

David Bowie poster from Friars Club

David Bowie poster from Friars Club

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A memorial event in honour of David Bowie will take place in Aylesbury today (Saturday).

The event, under the arches at the bottom of Market Square and organised by Friars Aylesbury, will start at noon and finish at midnight.

Friars supremo David Stopps said it will give ‘those who wish to the chance to lay flowers and cards and to sign a Friars Aylesbury book of condolence in memory of David Bowie’.

The event will have some Friars memorabilia on display and there will be music and audio-visual projection.

Mr Stopps is attempting to organise a worldwide simultaneous playing of Bowie’s iconic Starman at noon on Saturday. It will be played in Aylesbury tomorrow at noon, when the memorial event kicks off.

David Bowie unleashed the world debut of his iconic album ‘Hunky Dory’ at Friars Aylesbury in September 1971.

It was in the Friars dressing room that night that he formed what were later to become ‘The Spiders from Mars’.

Three months later he was back at Friars this time performing the world debut of ‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.

He returned again in July 1972 when his Ziggy Stardust persona was fully developed. 50 US journalists were flown in to witness this gig which resulted in Friars and Aylesbury firmly arriving on the world map.