Sunday, December 03, 2006

A Dickens of a day out - 2 December 2006

Each year, in early December, the City of Rochester honours one of its heroes, Charles Dickens. He lived and wrote in the city and many places are the inspiration or setting for his novels.
Rochester Dickens' ParadeRochester Dickens' Parade
Rochester Dickens' ParadeRochester Dickens' Parade
Rochester CastleThere is a parade of townsfolk dressed as in Dickensian times as well as street entertainers and the obligatory stalls selling Christmas tat and, of course, food: Mulled wine, Christmas mince pies, spiced punch as well as the usual fattening burgers, bacon rolls, patsies and so forth.

Rochester CathedralAfter the parade the Cathedral was packed for a carol service and the Castle was host to a fair with a gorgeous old chair-o-plane and an ornate merry-go-round complete with a punched-card organ to serenade the riders.

The Merry-go-roundAll in all it’s a great day out from London and with the train dropping you right in the centre of Rochester it is not worth fighting with the M25 to get there.

Happy first birthday to Te Haerenga.

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