A Committee has been established to raise funds for the erection of a statue in the City to Charles Dickens. Represented on the Committee are the Dickens Fellowship, the City Council, the Dickens family and the Community. The Patron of the Fund is the Lord Mayor Select.
Contributions to the Fund – they are urgently needed – may be sent to
“Charles Dickens Statue Fund”,
c\o Professor Tony Pointon,
SEES, University of Portsmouth,
Please Note: We are aware that Charles Dickens’s will made five stipulations about his funeral.
- It was to be inexpensive and simple.
- Its place and time were not to be made public.
- There was to be no special mourning wear.
- The grave-stone should be plain and written on it in plain print should be “Charles Dickens” and his dates.
- His friends should make no monument, memorial or testimonial for him.
The first part of the first provision was obeyed: the second part was not. The second provision was not, as hundreds of thousands of people queued to walk past his open grave in Westminster Abbey in the days before it was closed for the funeral service. The third, fourth and fifth were all obeyed.
We, guided by common sense and by the whole Dickens family, believe those provisions about Charles Dickens’s funeral say absolutely nothing about what the people of his home town might do to celebrate him in 2012, whatever the press and other media might pretend for a bit of fun.