JOHNNY Marsden saw his teenage dream come true.
He opened a nightclub in Huddersfield in December, 1969 - and it is still open for business, still bearing his name.
But he also admits: "I'm the man who missed The Rolling Stones."
Today's move by Johnny and brother Joe to sell their sprawling entertainment complex means the end of a dynasty.
But Johnny admits: "I've given it half a century."
He recalled how, aged just nine, he sat under a trestle table in a marquee in Wellholme Park, Brighouse, helping his mum and dad on Coronation Day.
Joe and Delia Marsden were catering for a Coronation party - and Johnny's job was to work the stirrup pump to keep the tea urns warm.
He left school at 14 to work briefly as a paint sprayer at Appleyards Garage.
But he then began in the entertainment business, running a club in the cellars of his father's Top Ten Club in Southgate.
And it was he who turned down a little-known band in the early 1960s.
The club played host to bands every Friday night and an agent offered to bring a band from Bradford.
They were playing a spot at the university and offered to do a second gig in Huddersfield.
The price was £20 - but Johnny was adamant: No more than £18.
He stuck to his guns and the band stuck to their price.
So Huddersfield fans missed a chance to see a young singer called Mick Jagger and his band, The Rolling Stones.