A DICKENS of a Christmas was celebrated in Malton at the weekend.

The town’s Dickensian festival, celebrating the author Charles Dickens, included performances of his novel A Christmas Carol and screening of the new film The Man Who Invented Christmas, at The Palace Cinema.

On Sunday, Charles Dickens’s great-great-great granddaughter, author and lecturer Lucinda Hawksley, joined actress Miriam Margolyes who explored what it would have been like to take part in a real Dickensian Christmas.

Clair Challenor-Chadwick, managing director of Cause UK, who established the event as an arts and education charity, with patron Selina Scott, the late Stephen Joll and others in 2015, said: "Thanks need to go to all the volunteers who supported the festival, including The Palace Cinema, and the Counting House as well as The Milton Rooms, the North Yorkshire Music Hub and The Talbot Hotel.

"The event was a reminder of how important loved ones and community are at this time of year, and Malton has so much potential to build on this wonderful legacy in the future."

l Page 4: Actress helps with Christmas tree judging

l Picture: David Harrison