This weekend is Dickensian Christmas weekend in Rochester.
As a resident of Rochester High Street I will be in the thick of the festival but we will have thousands of visitors from further afield. I myself will be welcoming members of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of London to Rochester, who I hope will enjoy their visit.
Many who come are Dickens enthusiasts, including a number who make the trip from America every year. Others, from near and afar, are here for the stalls and the funfair and the general merrymaking. Packed with stalls, Rochester comes alive with entertainment, carols, and we can even guarantee snowfall!
I hope that it will be a great weekend for local traders. Rochester is now unusual in having so many independent shops and traders. That adds to the draw of the Dickens festivals, as well as encouraging festival goers to come again to see Rochester when it is not so hectic.
I have fond memories of leading the summer Dickens parade a few years ago when I had the honour of escorting our then Mayor, Councillor Sue Haydock. I hope readers will forgive me for not being in Victorian outfit again but join me in sending appreciation to those who do dress up.
Welcome all and enjoy the weekend.
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