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.
A statue of Charles Dickens will be unveiled in Portsmouth in the summer. It will be the first statue of the Victorian writer in the UK. The author was born in the city in 1812. The Dickens Fellowship has recently reached its £118,000 funding target.
The statue will be placed in the city's Guildhall Square. It shows Dickens reading in a chair and is being made by Oxford sculptor Martin Jennings. In February this year, the 200th anniversary of his birth was celebrated in Hampshire and in Kent where he grew up. Click on the video for our report.
A Christmas Carol is so appealing in the USA that every year, the author's great-great-grandson travels from Oxfordshire to retell the story all over the country. Gerald Dickens is following in the footsteps of his famous relative. Richard Jones joined him last Christmas in Pennsylvania.