Norman, (with fellow future Blockhead John
Turnbull) first trod the Friars boards in 1972 in Glencoe and again in
Norman's first headline appearance was
with the fabled Stiffs tour of 1977 and it became very obvious that Ian
Dury and The Blockheads were going only one way. They came back
headlining Friars in 1978 selling out the gig very quickly. In January
1980, a highly secret support slot to The Clash remains one the most
talked about gigs. They came back later in 1980, coincidentally with
Wilko Johnson in the band, and sold out effortlessly again.
waited a long time for Norman to come back to Friars, but in May 2011 he
finally did with Wilko Johnson's band and blew everyone away with some
amazing bass playing. Norman we salute you.
Norman Watt Roy
the Friars Heroes Award from David Stopps, Friars
Aylesbury, May 2011.
Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent
Norman's history at Friars