I t was a proud day for Portsmouth yesterday as the UK’s first Charles Dickens statue was unveiled under the watchful gaze of Queen Victoria.
The city’s most famous son and literary genius now looks out across the Guildhall Square, watching the university students drift about their business and interlopers drinking moccachinos whilst swiping their iPads.
Martin Jennings sculpted the statue so children can jump up and perch on his knee.
Prior to his funeral Dickens proclaimed: ‘On no account make me the subject of a monument, memorial or testimonial whatsoever.’
Even the most famous authors in history don’t always get their own way.