A POPULAR festival that pays homage to Charles Dickens will be going ahead, it has been announced.

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival boasts stalls, music, dancing and more and attracts tens of thousands of people to the town each year.

It was cancelled last year amid the pandemic - while the feasibility of the 2021 edition of the festival had initially been uncertain.

However, in a post to Facebook, Gill Benjamin, on behalf of the festival committee, confirmed the event would be back this weekend (November 27 and 28).

She said there would be changes this year 'to try to improve the flow of people around the town and prevent overcrowding'.

Including among these changes is the absence of the traditional parades.

"The festival committee have worked incredibly hard in difficult circumstances," said Ms Benjamin.

"We look forward to seeing you."