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PEOPLE living in the street where Charles Dickens was born will be making an early toast to his bicentenary with a big street party tomorrow.

Residents of Old Commercial Road and friends will enjoy readings, performances and good food in honour of the great author’s 200th birthday.

The University of Portsmouth’s drama department, the Corpus Christi Amateur Dramatic Society and John Buckwell of Buckwells Butchers will join in the fun from midday until about 4pm – if the weather holds up.

Mike Spicer, 60, the street’s neighbourhood watch co-ordinator, said: ‘We are all looking forward to the party – and we’re grateful to the council for the marquee and money towards the food.

‘If not for Dickens they would have almost certainly knocked down this street to build the M275, so there’s even more reason to celebrate!’