Baptism of Charles Dickens is celebrated

Father Philip Jones with the readings given beside the font in which Charles Dickens was baptised
Father Philip Jones with the readings given beside the font in which Charles Dickens was baptised
From left, Carley Gardner, Amie Phillips, Nadia Francis, Lisa Scrivens, Dolly Cowlishaw and Brenda Tregarthen from the Portsea Events Group receive the Best Street Award for Queens Street in Portsea from Linzi Stean, left, from sponsor Colas
 Picture: Vernon Nash

‘We already knew that we lived in the best street!’

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MEMBERS of an association set up to share an interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens gathered at a service to mark his baptism.

The Dickens Fellowship held the ceremony yesterday at St Alban’s Church in Copnor Road, to commemorate 203 years since the author’s baptism in Portsmouth. The service saw readings from The Life of Our Lord, a book Dickens wrote solely for his children, to teach them about Jesus Christ, which was published in 1934.

Dickens was baptised on March 4, 1812, in the medieval font at Portsea Parish Church, which is now St Mary’s Church, Fratton.

Geoffrey Christopher, secretary of the birthplace branch of the fellowship, said: ‘It went well.’

The next branch meeting will be at St Swithun’s Church, in Waverley Road, Southsea, at 2.30pm on March 10.