Friars website gets a historic revamp

Friars Aylesbury promoter David Stopps

Friars Aylesbury promoter David Stopps

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A website documenting the history of Aylesbury’s historic Friars music club has had a revamp.

After months of work, webmaster Mike O’Connor has completely re-constructed and expanded {http:\\www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk|aylesburyfriars.co.uk|link to website}

The site now has its own YouTube channel, which includes famous footage of The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers MC5 and many more playing at the historic venue.

The icing on the cake of the new look site is hundreds of photographs taken by Mark Jordan, covering everything from 1975 to the present day.

In January 2014 Mr Jordan contacted Friars boss David Stopps to say he has the snaps.

Mr Stopps said: “Mark’s photographs were a complete revelation.

“The bands always asked us to ban cameras coming into the venue, but Mark managed to smuggle in his camera in his underwear and now were so glad that he did.”

The site also features interviews with the bands that played at Friars by music fan Mike O’Connor, and new interviews are in the pipeline.

Mr Stopps added: “Mike O’Connor has made it his life’s work to digitally document the history of Friars Aylesbury.

“For Mike it’s a labour of love and we are so grateful to him for creating such a wonderful music resource.

“The BBC, MOJO, Q, Rolling Stone and hundreds of other music journals and blogs have used the site for information and research.”

A launch party for the new site will take place at The Kings Head, Aylesbury tonightfrom 7pm.