Dickens walkers are almost home

ON STAGE Gerald Dickens at the Robin Hood pub. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122632-407)
ON STAGE Gerald Dickens at the Robin Hood pub. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122632-407)
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THE great-great-grandchildren of Charles Dickens reached Rowlands Castle as they followed the footsteps of character Nicholas Nickleby for charity.

Brothers Ian and Gerald Dickens are walking from London to Portsmouth to raise cash for a statue of the famous author in Guildhall Square, where they are due to arrive at about 6pm today.

They are wearing top hats along the way and have been stopping off at hotels and pubs.

Last night they reached the Robin Hood Inn in Rowlands Castle and gave a performance using extracts from Dickens’ novels.

Gerald said: ‘It has been a fabulous walk. We have met so many amazing people along the way who come up for a chat.’

The money raised will be split The Charles Dickens Statue Fund and The National Literacy Trust.