What the Dickens! It's his great, great grandson!


Matt Jones

A RELATIVE of Charles Dickens performed his energetic one-man show in the same hotel where the famous author once stayed.

Gerald Charles Dickens returned to the Ye Old Bulls Head Inn in Beaumaris 153 years after his great-great grandfather, who was then working as a reporter for the Illustrated London News.

Dickens was sent to Anglesey to cover the sinking of the Royal Charter off the coast of Dulas Bay in October of that year, a tragedy which claimed the lives of more than 400 people.

Oxford-based Gerald, who is a actor, director and producer, accepted the invitation to celebrate the owner’s 25 years in charge at the inn.

He said: “It was my first trip to Anglesey.

“It was amazing to be in the same bar, the same room where he once was.

“It was a first for me.”

David Robertson, 58, co-owner at the Ye Olde Bulls Head said the event wildly exceeded expectations.

He said: “We were expecting a relaxing evening with Mr Dickens but he brought energy and enthusiasm.

“It was fantastic.”

Gerald’s shows are based on extracts of the novels of his famous relative.
He was also president of the Dickens Fellowship for several years, first performing a solo version of A Christmas Carol in 1993.

Staff dressed in Victorian costumes while hot chestnuts were served and a horse drawn carriage was also laid on.

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