What the Dickens is going on at Blundeston church?

A north Suffolk church feel had a Dickensian feel over the weekend as it celebrated the work of the popular Victorian author.

St Mary the Virgin Church in Blundeston, near Lowestoft, held its annual flower festival which had a theme of Charles Dickens and saw hundreds of people flock to it on Saturday and Sunday.

Blundeston has a strong literary link to Dickens as one of most famous characters David Copperfield was born in the village.

There were 25 floral displays in the church, featuring a guillotine from Tale of Two Cities, a begging bowl from Oliver Twist and Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.

As well as the flower festival the church was also the setting for brave teddy bears, which were parachuted from the church's 53ft 10th century tower on both days for a donation.

A total of 284 bears descended from the tower.

All the money raised from the weekend will go towards the church's restoration and upkeep and comes as �30,000 work is due to start on its chancel roof.

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Dickens choose Blundeston as David Copperfield's birthplace after he saw a sign for the village while on a trip to Great Yarmouth.

In the novel Copperfield is born in a house called the Rookery, which still exists in Blundeston and it also mentions the Plough Inn pub and the church.

There is also a Charles Dickens history panel on display in the church during the summer.

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