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Statue of Charles Dickens to be unveiled in Portsmouth

The first statue to Victorian novelist Charles Dickens will be unveiled in Portsmouth later today, on what would have been his 202nd birthday.

A bust of Charles Dickens already stands in Bleak House in Broadstairs, Kent. Credit: PA

The bronze statue is in the city of his birth and will depict Dickens surrounded by books.

Over 100 invited guests, including 40 members of the Dickens family, will attend the ceremony in Guildhall Square.