Saturday 24 February 2018

Rolling Stones history 'rewritten'

Dartford Station is said to be where Mick Jagger met Keith Richards
Dartford Station is said to be where Mick Jagger met Keith Richards

Ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has forced a local council into changing the wording on a blue plaque honouring the band after he condemned it as "disgusting".

The plaque at Dartford railway station in Kent said Mick Jagger and Keith Richards "went on to form The Rolling Stones".

But Wyman objected, saying it was the late Brian Jones - who drowned in Sussex in 1969 - who created the band, famed for hits including (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

Wyman, 78, told BBC Radio 5 Live the plaque was "disgusting", adding: "It should be a plaque to Brian Jones and I think it's wrong. I don't like history re-written.

"You see it in lots of books - I don't like it when people re-write history to suit whatever they are doing. It does rile me."

Dartford Borough Council leader Jeremy Kite said the point of the plaque was to honour Jagger and Richards as two Dartfordians who met on Platform 2 of the station.

He told 5 Live the plaque would be reworded, saying: "I have never upset a Rolling Stone before. We are going to put it right."

A council spokeswoman said: "We don't have a timetable on when it will be done because we have to get it agreed and speak to officials at the railway. It's not going to happen instantly."

Press Association

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