Hundreds of people celebrate Bicentenary Dickens Festival in Rochester
HUNDREDS of people gathered in Rochester High Street today to celebrate the Bicentenary Dickens Festival.
Large crowds lined the streets to watch a large parade of people dressed up as iconic characters from Dickens' novels.
The pageant started at Rochester Railway station and finished at the Castle Gardens.
"Watching all the dressed up characters is definitely one of the highlights of the festival", Fiona Iveson, 39, said.
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She thinks it's lovely so many people take time and effort to make their own costumes. "Think how expensive that must be and how much time it must cost to make these outfits. It's just wonderful."
64-year old Julia Connolly, dressed up as a Victorian character, came all the way from America to celebrate the Bicentenary Dickens Festival in Rochester. "I feel so blessed to be here", she said whilst looking at the selection of Dickens novels at the Visitors Centre.
"Dickens is my favourite author – He has been since I was a child. My cousin and I always wanted to come here for the Dickens festival, but a couple of years ago we were both very ill and weren't sure we would ever be able to make it.
"Of all the years, this one with the bicentenary has definitely been the best year to be here. The hospitality has been so great. We have been introduced to everybody and we really don't feel like outsiders."
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