Kent

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards plaque for Dartford station

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Image caption Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recognised each other and a conversation started about music

A chance encounter on a railway station platform in Kent, without which the Rolling Stones might never have existed, is to be marked with a plaque.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had their first proper meeting at Dartford station on 17 October 1961.

The teenagers recognised each other as they had both gone to Wentworth Primary School in the town, with Jagger then going on to study at Dartford Grammar.

Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said the town was proud of the link.

'Fate sealed'

The two musicians met on platform two - Richards was on his way to Sidcup Art College, carrying his hollow-bodied Höfner cutaway electric guitar, while Jagger was travelling to the London School of Economics and holding some of his prized blues records.

"Fate was sealed and they started talking about playing their music together," Mr Kite said.

"They went off and recruited Brian Jones next, and the rest is history," he added.

The Rolling Stones formed in 1962, and went on to become one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock 'n' roll bands in the history of music.

Mr Kite said the heritage blue plaque at the station would remind people of the historic moment.

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