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30 years on and still going strong

Date: 15/05/2008           Category: Events

This year the Rochester Dickens Festival is 30-years-old. As always the 2008 festival is expected to be a tale of festivities, fun and entertainment for all. So, how does it keep its popularity? The festival is a spectacular show dedicated to the life and times of the Victorian era and internationally respected author Charles Dickens. Filled with colourful parades, music, dance, and street theatre it runs over three days, from Friday 30 May until, Sunday 1 June. All events will be taking place in the centre of Rochester. With its history and heritage Rochester is the perfect location for such an event. This year’s festival does not aim to disappoint. Rochester is expected to be bustling with thousands of people all looking to see and take part in the festivities. The Dickens Festival attracts people from all over the world, many who come back time and again. Excellent public transport links, including motorways, trains and busses make going to and from Rochester very easy. There is lots going on - from parades to entertainment and from a Victorian funfair to readings and lectures. There are also many competitions. Highlights include a competition for the best costume for men and women with the opportunity to become Mr or Mrs Rochester, being held on Saturday, 31 May. Other competitions will be held throughout the three days and anyone can take part in them, from children to adults. Competitions range from having the best Victorian family to being the strongest arm wrestler. If that isn’t enough then how about taking a festival cruise along the River Medway on Sunday, 1 June. And for the eager festival-goers there is also a grand summer ball held a day earlier on Thursday, 29 May at the Corn Exchange, with tickets at £21. All the events will be taking place along Rochester High Street, in Rochester Castle Gardens and in many pubs. Come and experience the festival, with or without a costume, and enjoy a wonderful time for all, and a guaranteed fun and enjoyable day out. Medway Council is organises the festival. Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: "Our festivals calendar is second to none and this year's Dickens Festival looks set to be as colourful as ever, with many different activities for everyone to become involved in or watch.'' For further information phone Medway Visitor Information Centre on 01634 843666 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/dickensfestival ends