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What the Dickens? Southern Water puts Rochester Cathedral on the big screen

Rochester Cathedral is the venue for a special screening of the classic1946 black and white film Great Expectations.

The event, which is sponsored by Southern Water and Visit Kent, marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth and will raise money for the cathedral which featured in many of his novels.

Many of the guests will be dressed in Dickensian costume including the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway Cllr Ted Baker and Mrs Sylvia Baker.

Canon Dr Philip Hesketh, Acting Dean of Rochester, said: “We are delighted to host this special screening of David Lean’s classic adaptation of Great Expectations and extend a warm thanks to Southern Water and Visit Kent for making the evening possible.

“Dickens, of course, had a long association with Rochester and a love of the cathedral, wishing to be buried within its hallowed confines, until popular acclaim whisked him away to Westminster Abbey.

“I am sure that he would be delighted to know that he is inadvertently helping this beloved cathedral remain open for future generations.”

David Lean’s 1946 black and white film brought some of Dickens’ most memorable characters including Pip, Miss Haversham and Magwitch to the big screen.

Darren Bentham, Director of Metering for Southern Water, said:  “I can’t think of a better setting to celebrate Charles Dickens and the cathedral’s place at the heart of the Medway Towns.

“Southern Water is keen to support the people and places that are important to our customers and give something back to the communities that we serve.

“We have been working in Rochester and Strood installing meters as part of our five-year programme since late 2010. Approximately 40,000 new water meters have been installed for customers across the Medway area helping to save water, energy and money.”

The Great Expectations screening is on Saturday February 11 at 6pm. Tickets, £15, are available from development@rochestercathedral.org  Proceeds will go to the Cathedral Restoration Fund.

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