Fresh twist on Dickens landmark

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A BRAVE youngster asks for “some more” at Ripon’s Workhouse Museum as part of a special event which was held this week to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

Children took on the role of Oliver Twist and acted out the famous workhouse scene from the novel featuring Mr Bumble the Beadle lurking by the bubbling gruel pot.

Visitors followed a trail around the museum through the tramp major’s room, night cells and mortuary, finding costumed characters along the way, including the menacing Bill Sykes. They were then able to discover the characters’ identity using clues picked up from conversations or by inspecting props, including a large pork pie, a cudgel and a bottle of ‘Daffy’, or gin. The event at the Allhallowgate museum was part of national celebrations of the author. picture: Gary Longbottom