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A statue for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in Dartford
Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards knew each other at Wentworth Primary School and they met again years later at Dartford station

Sculptor Anthony Hawken is hoping to raise enough money to build a statue of Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in Dartford.

The sculptures would show how the pair looked at the time of their famous first meeting at Dartford railway station in 1961.

The statues would also be placed at the station.

The idea was suggested to Hawken by a friend who had been to Liverpool and seen the statues of The Beatles there.

"As The Rolling Stones are just as big and just as global and are still going, we feel they should have something down here," said Hawken.

Supporting the concept

Hawken, who studied at Medway College of Art, believes that the sculptures should be statues rather than a symbolic piece of artwork.

"I think that people need to know who they are," he explained. "I know its rather old-fashioned but if people see a piece of sculpture and they read something about it being The Rolling Stones and it doesn't look like Mick Jagger or Keith Richards straight away, it doesn't actually do the job."

According to Hawken, Dartford Borough Council support the concept but as always the problem is money. The two suggested 10ft high sculptures of Jagger and Richards would cost in the region of £150,000.

The project is in the early stages and the design could be changed. "If the money is coming on board and if people are committing themselves to it, we can make other models and discuss it and see which one that we want if we know where it's going," Hawken said.

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
The meeting on the platform resulted in a long musical partnership

That iconic meeting

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards knew each other as pupils of Wentworth Primary in west Dartford. However, they did not keep in touch when Jagger left for Dartford Grammar School and Richards went to Dartford Technical School.

The story goes that on the morning of 17 October 1961, Mick Jagger was waiting on platform two of Dartford railway station to travel to London where he was attending the London School of Economics. He was clutching some of his prized blues records.

Keith Richards arrived on the platform, on his way to Sidcup Art College, carrying his hollow-bodied Höfner cutaway electric guitar. They recognised each other and a conversation started about the records.

The conversation continued on the train and led to Richards joining the group which Jagger fronted called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.

That group broke up when Jagger and Richards met Brian Jones and Ian Stewart, eventually forming The Rolling Stones in 1962.

The meeting on 17 October 1961 can be seen as one of the most important moments in the foundation of The Rolling Stones and certainly the most important in the song-writing partnership of Jagger and Richards.




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