Dickens’s 199th birthday events

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EVENTS will take place next week to commemorate the 199th birthday of Charles Dickens.

The life and work of the famous writer – who was born in Portsmouth – will be celebrated on Monday with free admission to the Charles Dickens’s Birthplace Museum, in Old Commercial Road, until it closes at 4pm.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Paula Riches, will also hang a wreath on the door of the museum at 11am to celebrate his birth at the house in 1812. She will be joined by a group of pupils from the nearby Charles Dickens Junior school.

Following the hanging of the wreath, members of the Portsmouth Dickens Fellowship will propose a toast to ‘The Immortal Memory’.

After the ceremony there will be readings from Dickens’s books and as part of the celebrations, the big screen in Guildhall Square will be showing the 1968 classic film Oliver! from 1pm.