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Dickens relative to launch new book about the Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury

Dickens relative to launch new book about the Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury

The great, great grandson of Charles Dickens will be launching a new book about Shrewsbury’s Lion Hotel Friday 1st July at 11.45am until 12.30pm.

Gerald Dickens will oversee the press conference for Four Centuries at the Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury, which has been written by John Butterworth, who was editor of the Shrewsbury Chronicle for 12 years from 1997 to 2008.

The host, whose great, great grandfather, Charles, was a regular guest at the hotel, has written the foreword to the book which tells the history of the Wyle Cop building through its VIP visitors, including King William IV, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli, Niccolo Paganini, ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton the Tory MP, Jenny Lind, Thomas De Quincey and in more modern times the Beatles, Morecambe and Wise and Cliff Richard.

At the launch in the Ballroom Gerald will also be talking about his one-man Dickens shows and revealing his plans for a Dickens weekend at the hotel on February 3rd-5th, 2012, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth.

The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Tony Durnell, will also say a few words about the book.

In his foreword Gerald says: “There is something very exciting about visiting a building where my great, great grandfather, Charles Dickens, stayed. John Butterworth’s wonderful history of The Lion Hotel takes that pleasure to new level!

“John’s extensive local knowledge and passion for his subject is evident in every sentence. As a read I felt part of every event and every anecdote, for this is certainly no dusty, academic collection of facts; it is a living, breathing, exciting addition to the rich history of an extraordinary building and town.”

Priced £6.99 the book will be available at local bookshops, tourist information centres, through The Lion Hotel and its website and through John Butterworth, of 33 Kingston Drive, Stone, Staffs, ST15 0JH,, phone 01785 817465 (there is an answer phone) or mobile 07955 262633.

If you are interested in buying the book at the special launch day price of £5 or wish to come to the press launch contact John Butterworth.

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