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Gretna’s Enchanted Gateway to Neverland

moatbrae, August 12, 2016

There’s nothing more exciting than an imaginative, joint collaboration to bring synergy to a project, so when Gretna Gateway Outlet Village approached us with a fantastic idea to raise funds and tell thousands of families about Moat Brae we couldn’t wait to get started.

Gretna is one of the main gateways into Dumfries & Galloway and our volunteers (many dressed as pirates, fairies, Tiger Lilys and Peters) have met so many new faces throughout July 2016 who are now signed up to keep in touch and be amongst the first to hear when the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling opens to the public in 2018.

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village flew celebrated street artist Julian Beever in to create a magical, 3D chalk drawing of an enchanted bridge over Neverland and invited shoppers to walk the bridge and take photos which were uploaded to Facebook in their hundreds.

Lisa McNab, Gretna Gateway’s Marketing Manager, said :“We were delighted to be able to get involved with the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, and to help them to raise awareness of and funds for their fantastic project, which will be a great attraction for Dumfries and the region once ready.

Everyone who visited our 3D “Neverland” pavement-art display was impressed by the artwork, and delighted to get their photo taken as part of it –and some of the best photos won prizes donated by Gretna Gateway or the Moat Brae Trust.

Many or most of the visitors also learned something about JM Barrie and the links between Peter Pan, Moat Brae House, and Dumfries. We wish the Trust every success, and hope to be able to do something with them again in the future.”

A HUGE thank you to Lisa, Peter, Hugo and Beth at Gretna Gateway for helping us and making this a very special event indeed – the final fundraising total will be announced soon.


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