Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman says he is disgusted by Dartford plaque marking band mates’ meeting

Bill Wyman with wife Suzanne Accosta. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Bill Wyman with wife Suzanne Accosta. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A plaque dedicated to two members of The Rolling Stones is to be changed after a former member of the band criticised it.

Bill Wyman, who lives in Gedding near Bury St Edmunds, even branded the item disgusting when talking to BBC Radio 5 Live.

The former Stones bass player was unhappy with the wording on the plaque which suggests the band was created by stars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The plaque, which is on Dartford railway station, reads: “Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met on platform 2 on 17 October 1961 and went on to form The Rolling Stones – one of the most successful rock bands of all time.”

Mr Wyman said it was actually guitarist Brian Jones who started the band.


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“Brain Jones created The Rolling Stones,” he said. “Brian Jones wanted to form a blues band and recruited each member one by one.

“He gave the name The Rolling Stones, he was the leader and all that. It should be a plaque to Brian Jones.

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“I don’t like history rewritten. I don’t like it when people rewrite history to suit their involvement.”

In response, leader of the council Jeremy Kite, said: “We’re going to put it right. The thing to do is put it right, we’re going to take the plaque down and put a new one up.

“We’re not marking the formation of The Rolling Stones, we’re marking the meeting of those two characters in Dartford.”

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