Hundreds of people gathered in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square to witness the unveiling of the first Charles Dickens statue.
The city’s Lord Mayor accepted the statue on behalf of the city before it was unveiled in front of residents, Dickens fans and members of his family.
Some of those watching the ceremony wore Victorian dress to mark the very special occasion.
Actors Edward fox and his wife, Joanna David, introduced the statue and spoke of the writer’s achievements before the white cloth covering the bronze statue was pulled from the statue and it was unveiled to the world.
Money for the statue, which cost around £150,000, was raised by people across the community including Charles Dickens’ great, great grandsons Ian and Gerald Dickens.