People have been reminiscing about the 'legendary' life of a County Durham pub that saw big music names arrive at the venue in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Despite having other larger places for musicians and bands to play at that time, people have been recalling their best memories of seeing some of the biggest bands around at The Argus Butterfly in Peterlee.

In its heyday, The Argus Butterfly boasted of hosting the likes of an early Led Zeppelin, as well as Jethro Tull, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd among other huge bands of the era.

The Northern Echo: The pub was legendary in the 60s and 70s for musicThe pub was legendary in the 60s and 70s for music (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

It was also known as a jazz club, and folk club, and also hosted other entertainment performances, including tap dancing - which people have been recalling. 

The Northern Echo: Pink Floyd played The Argus Butterfly back in the dayPink Floyd played The Argus Butterfly back in the day (Image: PA MEDIA)

Based on York Road in Peterlee, the venue has existed in various guises since closing down as The Argus Butterfly, which saw it become The Tree of York Road, and it is now home to pub and restaurant How Do You Do. 

But it's the heritage and history that people have been bringing up recently - with some branding it 'the best County Durham pub for music in history'. 

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While it's tough to stand up such a claim - we have enjoyed flicking through people's comments about the legendary venue and thinking about the iconic names of music that have visited. 

"One of the best pubs in the North East, watched some fantastic bands in there," said one person reminiscing of the times, while another added: "Absolutely loved the Argus - I spent my youth in or around the Argus and I've got some good memories."

Some of the bands that played The Argus Butterfly in Peterlee:

  • March 8, 1968 - Jethro Tull
  • February 23, 1969 - Deep Purple
  • March 23, 1969 - Led Zeppelin
  • November 9. 1969 - Mott The Hoople
  • June 11, 1972 - Genesis
  • July 16, 1972 - Thin Lizzy