He's Rochester's most famous resident, and this weekend author Charles Dickens is being remembered along with his famous characters and novels. It's the second day of the Rochester Dickens Festival, an event that attracts thousands of people each year.
Andrea Thomas has been to see the celebrations. spoke to Angela Prodger and Heather Smith.
He was born in the city of Portsmouth exactly 202 years ago and today the first statue of Charles Dickens in Britain has been unveiled there. It was created by a sculptor from Oxfordshire and uniquely, it's been designed to be touched and even to be sat on.
He's Rochester's most famous resident, and export, and this weekend author Charles Dickens is remembered along with his famous characters and novels.
It's the annual Rochester Dickens Festival, an event that attracts thousands of people each year, including Dickens' great great grandson Gerald. Derek Johnson meets him and festival actors Ashley Davis, Colin Greenslade, Agnes Whitfield and Peter Homewood.
Kent's many links with author Charles Dickens are being celebrated at the start of the Dickens Festival in Rochester. It's a three-day event now in its 35th year. Hundreds have turned out to see characters in costume, music and later a march through Rochester High Street.
Dickens spent his formative years in Medway when his father worked at Chatham Dockyard. He lived for much of his life and died at nearby Higham. Books such as Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations use locations from Rochester and Kent.
Characters from the novels of Charles Dickens will be on the streets of Rochester today for the start of the annual festival celebrating the author's life and work. Dickens was born in Portsmouth but spent his later life in Kent. Around 60,000 visitors are expected in Rochester.