Charles Dickens bicentennial: Portsmouth marks birthday
7 February 2012 Last updated at 12:48 GMT
Events are taking place in the UK and across the world to mark the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.
In Portsmouth, a wreath was placed on the door of the house where Dickens was born.
His great great grandson, Ian Dickens, told the crowd he was "hugely proud" to see how his writing "continues to resonate with such strength and depth of feeling 200 years after his birth."