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A Christmas council

Tue 4 November 2014, 3:32 pm

Medway Council is running bus tours to places associated with former Rochester resident and literary great, Charles Dickens, in the weekends running up to Christmas.

The Dickens Country Experience will take visitors on a tour of areas such as St James’ Church in Cooling, which provided the inspiration for the opening chapter of Great Expectations and Gads Hill Place, the property where Dickens lived and died.

Tours last for two hours and run until December 21. The Dickens Christmas Festival will take place on the weekend of the 6 and 7 December.

Councillor Howard Doe, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for community services, said: “Medway is a magical place to be at Christmas thanks to our links with Dickens and our new tour helps celebrate the life of the great author as well as the places he loved and was inspired by.

“This journey will give a fascinating insight into the life and times of Dickens and explore our unique Dickens country like nothing has before.”

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