A DATE has been announced for the unveiling of the UK’s first statue of Charles Dickens.
The statue will officially be unveiled in Guildhall Square on his 202nd birthday on February 7, next year.
The statue features Dickens sitting down surrounded by books. It is over life-size in bronze and will be located to the left-hand side of the Guildhall steps.
Ian Dickens, great great grandson of Charles Dickens said: ‘As a member of the statue committee, we are thrilled to announce that after just five years of fundraising, a Dickens statue will finally take pride of place in his home city.
‘This project was instigated by the Portsmouth branch of the Dickens Fellowship, with Professor Tony Pointon and his team leading the way and their efforts to drive the fund raising cause have been nothing short of magnificent.
‘On behalf of the Dickens family, I would like to thank everyone who has donated and played a part in the statue of our illustrious forebear becoming a permanent fixture.’
The winning sculpture is the brainchild of Martin Jennings, whose design was selected by Charles Dickens Statue Fund members.
Last year The News revealed £150,000 was still needed to fund a statue of Portsmouth’s most famous son.