Friday, August 21, 2009


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

Help Save Moat Brae

"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.

Please email if you would like to become involved.

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nobody said...

Joanna Lumley? Where's Diana Rigg? In that leather go-go suit and the kinky boots she'd kick housing association arse! "Hi Yah!"

Actually it's curious don't you think? They seem hell-bent to tear this particular house down. Why is that? For the penny-ante money involved? Also I'd have thought that what with Peter Pan being such a big deal for the paedophocracy there'd be quiet but determined push from 'various sectors' to keep it as something of a shrine.

Do you know what I mean? I'm not saying that it being a shrine would be a wicked thing, merely that I'd have thought that the wicked would have an interest in it, and yet it seems that they don't. Which is odd, I think.

Anonymous said...

Joanna Lumley is rich enough never to have to live with the consequences of the additional immigrants she thinks have a right to be here competing for council services. I despise her campaign on behalf of opportunists who were paid and given a pension for the work they did.

Who said Barrie was a genius - you? And why isn't he 'British', a description I'm sure you'd haver used had he been English? All four 'home' nations are 'British' [at least when the money's being handed out]. All four or none. Take your pick.

The only people who share the scotchman's wildly inflated opinion of himself are sycophants, naive Americans and other scotchmen.

Which category do you fall into?

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