Charles Dickens’ birthday to be celebrated at Portsmouth museum

A statue of Charles Dickens at Portsmouth Guildhall
A statue of Charles Dickens at Portsmouth Guildhall
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A SPECIAL service will be held at Charles Dickens’ birthplace tomorrow to mark 203 years since he was born.

Each year the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum commemorates the birth of one of Portsmouth’s most famous sons.

21/1/2014 (LW) ''Weekend Cover Story focusing on Charles Dickens Birth Place in Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth.''Pictured is: Portrait of Charles Dickens. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (14167-6686) ENGPPP00120140122143354

21/1/2014 (LW) ''Weekend Cover Story focusing on Charles Dickens Birth Place in Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth.''Pictured is: Portrait of Charles Dickens. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (14167-6686) ENGPPP00120140122143354

Tomorrow, the museum in Old Commercial Road will be free to the public.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Stephen Wylie will have a tour of the museum and will formally open the proceedings at 10.30am.

He will place a wreath at the front door.

A representative from the Portsmouth branch of the Dickens Fellowship will say a few words and invite everyone there to raise three cheers to Charles Dickens.

Readings will take place throughout the day.

The museum will be open all day until 5pm. It will also be open on Sunday from 10am until 5pm and normal admission charges will apply.

After this the museum will be closed until April.