A group of children from St Andrew’s primary school have been learning all about the story of Peter Pan, and went along to visit Moat Brae House to see where his inspiration came from.
Barbara Chierici Black is a teacher at the school. She said: “Obviously they know characters from the stories which we have discussed in the nursery, what type of character they were, whether they were a baddie or a goodie and why they were a goody or why they were a baddy."
She continued: "They’ve just thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ve had a lot of parents helping and all the parents are getting involved and even the staff. “
Cathy Agnew is the Project Director of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. She hopes that lots of people will attend the free tours and give their feedback on the progress so far.
She said: "We’d like people to come along and see what we’ve done so far, the end of the phase A works where we have this wind and water-tight shell and the house is saved.
"We want them to see what we’ve actually done and then have a look at our ideas and plans for the future, and we can tell them that it’s going to be a centre for children’s literature and story telling and they can have their say too."
Work has begun on restoring the historic grade 'B' listed Moat Brae House in Dumfries.
The author of 'Peter Pan', J.M Barrie, was said to be inspired to write the story after playing in the gardens of the house.
The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust has appointed Langholm based building contractors to carry out 'phase A' of the work, which is due to last nine months.
A new roof, external wall repairs, and the replacement of and replace defective walls, floors and ceilings are just some of the plans.
The restoration work is scheduled to cost around £0.75m and is being funded by grants from Historic Scotland, the Garfield Weston Foundation, William Grant and Sons and a number of other family trusts and private donations.