Kent

Charles Dickens market in Rochester attracts thousands

More than 200,000 people have attended the Charles Dickens Christmas Market in the Kent town which has strong connections to the Victorian author.

Medway Council said the market, which opened two weeks ago in Rochester, was worth £8m to the local economy.

Although Dickens was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, he spent five of his childhood years in the Medway area from 1817 to 1822.

He returned for the last 13 years of his life, dying at Gad's Hill in 1870.

Next year, a series of events is taking place worldwide to mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth.

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