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Peter Pan tribute statue unveiled

12th August 2011

A new statue has been unveiled in Dumfries that pays tribute to J. M. Barrie's most famous creation, Peter Pan, as part of an attempt to turn one of the town's attractions into a children's literature centre.

Joanna Lumley, who is behind the campaign to recognise Moat Brae house as a building of significant literary importance, unveiled a carved wooden statue of the boy who never grew up outside the house this week.

The statue was donated by the People's Project, which is working to 'improve the appearance and reputation' of Dumfries, with Lumley expressing her amazement at the work that went into the statue's creation.

'I absolutely love it - I am so impressed that it is all made out of one enormous spruce tree trunk. It is absolutely enchanting and it is standing [where everybody] can see it,' she added.

It follows last week's announcement that a grant of £250,000 is being given by Historic Scotland to help restore Moat Brae house, which was the inspiration for Barrie's beloved tale.

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