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A real Christmas Carol corker.

Date: 03/12/2008           Category: Events

The streets of Rochester will leap back in time this weekend to bring back the sights and sounds that inspired Charles Dickens. On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December, Rochester High Street will be transformed to honour the life and works of one of the best-loved authors of all time. Guaranteed snow fall, carols and sumptuous Christmas feasts are guaranteed to make this year’s Dickensian Christmas a truly magical one. For an extra special Twist there will be a performance from the author’s great, great grandson Gerald Dickens. On Saturday from 3 until 4pm he will bring his internationally-acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol to Medway for the first time, playing 26 characters in a one-man theatrical adventure performed at The Corn Exchange. The parades and processions begin with The Seven Poor Travellers’ Procession at 11am. This will set off from the Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel, along the high street to the Six Poor Travellers’ House, just in time for the carving of the Christmas turkey. The Grand Parade begins at 12noon. The Mayor of Medway Cllr David Carr will lead a wonderful array of unmistakeable characters and festival participants. Starting at the junction of Rochester High Street and Almon Place, the parade will make its way to the Esplanade and then into Rochester Castle Gardens. At 4.45pm, the stunning Candlelit Parade sets out from the junction of Rochester High Street and Almon Place, with the reigns once again in the safe hands of the mayor. The procession will head along the High Street, turning left at Northgate and into Boley Hill for an open-air carol concert. Finally, Rochester will be filled with the sounds of Carols for Christmas. Overlooking Rochester’s magnificent cathedral, the BAE Systems Brass Band takes to the stage. There will be a rousing selection of popular carols and the all important guaranteed snow fall. Throughout the parades well-known characters will mingle with the large crowds throughout the high street, and Father Christmas will be awaiting visitors in his magical grotto at Rochester Castle Gardens. There will also be the opportunity to join The Fabulous Fezheads who describe themselves as England’s Premiere sand dance-vaudevillian-illusionists. They will blend dance, danger and music in the Queen’s Hall at the Corn Exchange on Sunday between 2 and 3pm. Medway Council’s Events Manager Carl Madjitey is looking forward to joining in with the fun. He said: “Dickensian Christmas in Rochester is always a fantastic weekend filled with Christmas spirit. The two days are jam packed with things to see and do, whether you are interested in Dickens or not. There is a real sense of community spirit throughout the weekend which really adds to the fun and festivities.” For more information about Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas contact Medway Visitor Information Centre on 01634 843666 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/dickensianchristmas