Mick Jagger and Keith Richards honoured with statue in home town

Rolling Stones legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are honoured with bronze statues in their home town of Dartford

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Rolling Stones legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have been honoured with bronze statues in their home town.

The two rock’n’roll stars met as teenagers in Dartford, Kent, in 1961 and formed the Rolling Stones the following year. 

They had both attended Wentworth primary school but went to different secondary schools.

Lasting for more than 60 years, the Stones became one of the most successful bands in history.

The statues, commissioned by Dartford borough council, show Jagger with a microphone in hand while Richards has his head bent over his ‘Micawber’ Telecaster guitar.

British artist Amy Goodman stands with her sculptures of the legendary British musicians

The statue, commissioned by Dartford Borough Council, shows Jagger with a microphone in hand

Named The Glimmer Twins, the bronzes were created by Amy Goodman who is a fan of the band.

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Her previous public artworks include depictions of Florence Nightingale and Sir Stirling Moss.

Goodman, who listened to the band’s music while creating the statues, decided to depict Jagger and Richards as they were in the 1980s. 

She said she was a ‘nervous wreck’ and there was a ‘lot of pressure because they are such icons’ as the work took roughly 10 months. 

Richards’s daughter Angela and granddaughter Ava attended the unveiling ceremony of the statues at One Bell Corner on Wednesday.

Jeremy Kite, the leader of Dartford borough council, said: ‘In terms of culture and music, you do not get much more influential than the Rolling Stones. 

‘Their music has changed the face of popular music and these lads from Dartford are now two of the most recognisable and loved people in the world.’

Jagger was knighted in 2003 for his services to popular music. 

Richards has his head bent over his ‘Micawber’ Telecaster guitar, which was a gift from Eric Clapton

‘The Glimmer Twins’ statue was unveiled at One Bell Corner in Dartford, Essex

Last month, Jagger enjoyed a lavish party to celebrate his 80th birthday with a very star-studded guest list.

The Rolling Stones frontman appeared to be having the time of his life as he stepped out of a nightclub in Chelsea in the early hours of the morning. 

Richards will be 80 in December while Charlie Watts, another founding member of the band, died in August 2021 at 80.

The band played 14 gigs in Europe last year and a new Rolling Stones album is due to be released this year.

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