Yorkshire town wins rare copy of A Christmas Carol

Selina Scott
Selina Scott has spearheaded the campaign. Photo: ITV News

The North Yorkshire town of Malton has become the new home for a rare 1844 edition of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol after a nail-biting New York auction.

The specially bound edition was commissioned by Charles Dickens for the wife of his friend, Charles Smithson, after he died.

ITV News's Debi Edward reports:

It is believed that Dickens based the office of Scrooge on Smithson's office on Chancery Lane in Malton and that various residents there became the inspiration for many of his characters.

Broadcaster Selina Scott spearheaded a campaign to reclaim Charles Dickens for the rural market town.