Former Rolling Stone brands plaque marking the band's foundation as 'disgusting'

Bill Wyman said the plaque glosses over the role of Brian Jones who founded the band

Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman has branded a plaque commemorating the band on Dartford train station “disgusting”.

The musician said the plaque, which commemorates the meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the start of the band, glossed over the role of Brian Jones who founded the group.

Dartford Council unveiled a new plaque highlighting the meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richard, who already knew each other from primary school, on platform 2 of the train station and lead to the formation of the band.

It reads: “Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met on platform 2 on 17 october 19651 and went on to form The Rolling Stones- one of the most successful rock bands of all time.”

But according to Wyman, in an interview with BBC Radio 5 live, said it was Jones who founded the band which Jagger and Richards later joined.

He said: “Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn't create the Rolling Stones - they were part of The Rolling Stones like all of us. "Brian Jones wanted to form a blues band and he enlisted each member one by one.

"He gave the name The Rolling Stones, he chose the music and he was the leader."

Jones drowned in the swimming pool of his home at Cotchford Farm in east Sussex in 1969 after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs, just two days before the band played its iconic free outdoor concert in Hyde Park.

Leader of Dartford council Jeremy Kite has said now said the plaque, which was put up in February, will be changed to include more accurate wording because “accuracy in history is really, really important and we want it to be right".

"I've never upset a Rolling Stone before but we are going to put it right", he added.

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