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Dumfries children hunt for Neverland

Today is world book day and a group of children from Dumfries have been along to Moat Brae House to learn all about the story of Peter Pan.

The first phase of restoration works have just been completed, and a six weeks period of free public tours are starting this Saturday.

Lori Carnochan went along to join in the hunt for Neverland.

Dumfries children discover the story behind Peter Pan

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 St Andrews Credit: ITV News Border

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.

Cathy Agnew is the Project Director of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trus Credit: ITV News Border

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."


Dumfries nursery children visit home of Peter Pan

Nursery school children from Dumfries have been visiting the home of Peter Pan to celebrate World Book Day.

The nursery children were from St Andrew's primary school in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

J.M Barrie used to play in Moat Brae house as a young boy, and it was where he was inspired to write the story of Peter Pan.

They were dressed up as characters from Peter Pan Credit: ITV News Border

The first phase of restoration works have just been completed and the Moat Brae Trust is launching a six-weeks of free public tours of the house.

World Book Day at Moat Brae House: Peter pan trails

World book day is being celebrated at Moat Brae House in Dumfries, where 20 school children are going along to learn about the story of Peter Pan.

Moat Brae House Credit: ITV
Peter Pan theme! Credit: ITV

J.M Barrie played in the gardens of the house as a young boy and that's where his inspiration came from to write Peter Pan.

The house is being renovated by the Moat Brae Trust and phase A of the restoration works is now complete.

Moat Brae Credit: ITV

The trust is using world book day to launch a six-week period of free public tours to allow people to see what progress has been made.

The building is now fully wind and water-tight and brand new windows have been installed.

Path leading to Neverland Credit: ITV

During the renovation works some small sections of original mosaics were uncovered. The intricate tesserae work features the classic scrolling detail popular in Greek -Revival decoration.

Mosaic Credit: Graeme Robertson

The first of the public tours will start this Saturday and the trust is inviting everyone to come along and give their comments on the progress.

Peter Pan house to be centre for children's literature

The house in Dumfries that inspired the writer JM Barrie to dream up the Peter Pan story will be transformed into a centre for children's literature.

Building contractors employed by the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust are due to start work on January 21st.

Phase one should take about 9 months to complete and will involve putting a new roof on the house, repairing external walls and replacing defective walls, floors and ceilings inside.

The Trust said that the work would result in a wind and watertight structure.

Work on the next phase of its development as a national centre for children’s literature can then begin.

The initial work will cost around £0.75 million and is being funded by Historic Scotland, the Garfield Weston Foundation, William Grant and Sons, family trusts and private donations.

We are very pleased to reach another significant stage in our efforts to save and restore Moat Brae and our eventual aim of opening a national centre for children’s literature. Today’s announcement means jobs for the region and brings us closer to establishing a newfocus to help in the regeneration of Dumfries. T Graham and Son have an excellent track record in conservation schemes like this one and we are delighted to have been able toappoint them as contractors for the Moat Brae restoration project.

– Dame Barbara Kelly, Chairman of The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust