JOANNA LUMLEY BATTLES TO SAVE PETER PAN HOUSE
The famous Joanna Lumley.
JM Barrie, in his memoirs published in 1904, wrote of Peter Pan:
“Our escapades in a certain Dumfries garden which was an enchanted land to me was certainly the genesis of this work.”
Joanna Lumley, the actress who recently became a hero to the Nepalese gurkhas, is now campaigning to save Moat Brae, the house in Dumfries which inspired Peter Pan.
Joanna might chain herself to the railings of Moat Brae, to prevent its demolition by a body called Loreburn Housing Association.
J M Barrie, a Scottish genius, famous worldwide.
Author J M Barrie first invented the characters in Peter Pan while playing in the gardens of Moat Brae.
Moat Brae Trust is the body trying to preserve the most famous building in Dumfries and Galloway.
The Peter Pan House
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"Moat Brae House was designed in 1823 for Robert Threshie of Barnbarroch, by Walter Newall, South West Scotland’s most distinguished architect.
"The house, Category B listed in 1961, is exceptionally fine – indeed of better quality than nearby A-listed houses in Castle Street, and some contemporary A-listed houses in the New Town of Edinburgh."
In 2008, Moat Brae was bought by Loreburn Housing Association.
Since then, "deliberately or at least through sheer negligence, wet and (particularly) dry rot have spread extensively, and thus the internal fabric of the house has been allowed to deteriorate dramatically.
"At no point has the local authority, though fully aware of the situation, served any repairs notice on the owners of this house.
"In May of this year, to the shock and dismay of the local community, Loreburn Housing Association announced their intention to demolish the house."
Where are the Scottish National Party in all this?
Andrew Wood hopes to be the SNP Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway.
Wood spoke out after a meeting with Loreburn Housing Chief Executive Ahsan Khan and SNP candidate for the Euro elections Ian Hudgton on the future of the Moat Brae house. (Councillor says JM Barrie home fit for 'nothing but demolition ...)
Councillor Wood said it would be a “misuse of public funds” to save the house and the best solution would be to pull it down.
Our prediction: The Conservative Party will win Dumfries and Galloway.
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