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Dartford-born rocker Sir Mick Jagger’s bandmates flew into Manston Airport as Dartford council leader pays tribute to L'Wren Scott

25 March 2014
by Thom Morris

Grieving Dartford-born rocker Sir Mick Jagger’s bandmates flew into Manston Airport on Friday afternoon.

Keith Richards and Charlie Watts arrived on the Rolling Stones’ private jet at the airport, which it was revealed this week could close.

They had flown out of Perth, via Abu Dhabi, after postponing their Australian tour in the wake of the death of Sir Mick’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.

Grieving Kent-born rocker Sir Mick Jagger's bandmates Keith Richards and Charlie Watts arrive on the Rolling Stones' private jet at Manston airport.

Grieving Kent-born rocker Sir Mick Jagger's bandmates Keith Richards and Charlie Watts arrive on the Rolling Stones' private jet at Manston airport.

Sir Mick, who grew up in Dartford, earlier flew to Los Angeles and is said to have started making funeral preparations for the fashion designer.

L’Wren was found dead in her Manhattan apartment last Monday, with 70-year-old Sir Mick saying he had been “touched” by the messages of support he has received.

Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said: “She was a really lovely lady. She had no airs and graces about her, she was really down to earth.

“She was a beautiful woman and it’s terrible, just an awful feeling. When she and Sir Mick were here they seemed to be very happy with each other.”

L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger at the Mick Jagger Centre in 2010

L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger at the Mick Jagger Centre in 2010

A Manston spokesman confirmed the Rolling Stones’ plane arrived Friday afternoon with Richards and Watts on board.

The Stones have rescheduled their gigs in Australia and New Zealand, with them now set to go ahead in October.

L’Wren, who first started going out with Sir Mick in 2001, joined him on a visit to Dartford four years ago.

Sir Mick has changed the homepage of his website to a picture of L’Wren, and a quote: “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.

“We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.

“I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the messages of support that I have received.”

Meanwhile, a 45-day consultation into the possible closure of Manston Airport started earlier this week.

Airline KLM is not taking any bookings for after April 8 and a petition against the closure has collected more than 7,000 signatures.

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