Gad’s Hill School Junior choir paid tribute to Charles Dickens at a special service to celebrate his life, in Rochester Cathedral.

A choral Evensong, marking 148 years since the author died, was held in the cathedral’s Quire and attended by proud parents, fellow students and staff.

Head of Music Mr John Stone said: “Our children are privileged to be taught in the former home of such a great novelist.

“For many, this is their first public recital and one I’m sure they will remember as we honour the man who continues to have an impact on their current and future studies.”

The choir, some of whom were as young as seven, performed hymns and Pslams before their Senior School representatives gave readings and laid a wreath at Dickens’ memorial.

Last week, two Year seven students travelled with the school’s Head of English to Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at Dickens’ grave in Poets Corner.

Its simple inscription was at the social critic’s own request: “that my name be inscribed in plain English letters on my tomb… I rest my claims to the remembrance of my country upon my published works…”.

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