Dartford Station platform where Rolling Stones' friendship was forged gets heritage plaque
PUBLISHED: 15:57 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:10 05 February 2015
The moment teenage Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met is remembered
A heritage plaque marking the spot where two teenage rail passengers with a shared passion for music struck up a conversation before going on to form the greatest rock and roll band in the world has been unveiled.
The blue plaque has been installed on platform 2 at Dartford Station to mark the moment on October 17, 1961, when Mick Jagger met Keith Richards for the first time since primary school and forged a friendship that resulted in the formation of the Rolling Stones the following year.
Jagger was on his way to the London School of Economics carrying a pile of his favourite blues records and Richards was heading to Sidcup Art College with his beloved Hofner Cutaway guitar. The two struck up a conversation on platform 2 and the rest is history.
Inviting the Mayor of Dartford, Councillor Avtar Sandhu MBE, and the current Head of Mick Jagger’s old school, John Oakes, to unveil the plaque, Dartford Council leader Jeremy Kite said: “Platform 2 has a small but important role in pop music history.
“I hope that in the years ahead many thousands of rail passengers will enjoy looking at the plaque and realising the part the station played in bringing The Rolling Stones together.”