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Summary: Actor Simon Callow says it is great news a North Yorkshire market town has clubbed together to buy a rare edition of A Christmas Carol.

Actor Simon Callow says it is great news that a North Yorkshire market town has clubbed together to buy a rare edition of A Christmas Carol.

The copy of the Charles Dickens novel has been in the hands of an American collector but when it came up for auction in New York, a local campaign was launched.

That was led by former broadcaster Selina Scott who lives in the area. In just four weeks, the Au27,280 needed was raised,

The specially-bound copy was commissioned by Dickens for the wife of his great friend, lawyer Charles Smithson. The author regularly visited the market town between York and Scarborough.

Simon Callow said: "It is fantastic they've got the book and it is great that it is going to Malton with it's kind of connections with the solicitor whose office Dickens may well have used as the model for Scrooge's counting house. It's fantastic there's so much excitement around that book."

Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in protest at the employment of children in mines and it has been adapted for the screen numerous times.

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