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The Stones in Hyde Park in 1969

The Rolling Stones performed a famous concert in Hyde Park in 1969. Credit: PA Wire

The Rolling Stones will return to Hyde Park this summer, 44 years after they first played there.

The concert on July 5th, 1969 was overshadowed by the death of founder member Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Replacement guitarist Mick Taylor made his live debut at the concert.

The Hyde Park crowd in 1969. Credit: PA Wire

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Rolling Stones announce long awaited live shows

Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger. Credit: PA

The Rolling Stones, confirm their long awaited return to the stage with four arena shows in London and New York. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood at last revealed their return to live work via a video message on YouTube.

As part of their on-going 50th anniversary celebrations, the band will play to thousands of fans at London’s O2 Arena on November 25 and 29, and will then go across the ocean to perform at the Prudential Center, Newark, near New York, on December 13 and 15.

These live shows will be the first opportunity for audiences to see the Rolling Stones perform on stage for more than five years. They will treat their fans in a celebration of tracks such as Gimme Shelter, Paint It Black, Jumping Jack Flash, Tumbling Dice and It’s Only Rock and Roll.

Dartford School celebrates 50 years of the Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have been photographed together on countless occasions as members of the Rolling Stones but the pair were first photographed together at Primary School in Kent in 1951.

The class photograph shows Mick Jagger (circled left) and Keith Richards (circled right) Credit: SWNS

With their pudding basin haircuts, the pair, then aged seven, took their place among the rows of new boys and girls at Wentworth Primary School in Dartford.

The rockers first met at the school and have endured a friendship lasting more than 60 years.

Jagger and Richards on the register at Wentworth Primary School Credit: SWNS

A few years later the youngsters went to separate secondary schools. Then in 1961 they bumped into each other at a train station and then went on to form the Rolling Stones.

Deputy Head Paul Langridge said the school remained a pilgrimage spot for Stones fans.

"It is a great talking point that we have two international superstars who sat on the same hall floor that the children do today."

"We do use the stories of Sir Mick and Keith as a source of inspiration for the children and tell them that they can achieve like they did."

Rolling Stones stars Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in 1975 (on left) and in 1951 (on right) Credit: SWNS

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