My interest in Peter Pan was awakened early, when my Parents gave me the book “ J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy – Retold for Little People”. The illustrations are by Mabel Lucie Attwell.
I think it was around my 3rd Birthday in 1942, that I was spellbound when my Mother read a chapter to me every evening at bedtime. Each night I remember hoping that Peter would come and take me to Neverland. In my teenage years, my Mother used to embarrass me by telling any friends that I used to go to sleep saying “ I believe in Fairies “.
I still have this book, it’s a bit battered, – well – it is an antique! My children also enjoyed this wonderful bedtime story, though it is unlikely that they would admit it now.
A continued interest in the works of JM Barrie and the Dumfries connection was encouraged by my Mother (born in Queen Street, Castle Douglas). In Kirriemuir, I have visited the Barrie Birthplace and the Camera Obscura, which Barrie was instrumental in setting up.
You can imagine my delight at the saving of Moat Brae and the imaginative plans for the future. I love reading books and treasure all my childhood collection. Whenever possible, I encourage young children to read, not only the present day stories, but the classics too, with Peter Pan at the top of the list.
Everyone connected with Moat Brae is to be congratulated for taking this project forward. Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and even Captain Hook will now live on for new generations of children.