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By Rod Edgar
Annan and Eskdale
3D pavement pic celebrates Pan project

STUNNING pavement art with a Peter Pan theme is set to go on display in Gretna — supporting plans for a children's literature project in the region.

The three-dimensional piece created by internationally acclaimed pavement artist Julian Beever will be unveiled to the public today at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village.
The artwork has been developed in conjunction with the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust in Dumfries, whose project director Cathy Agnew said: “We were delighted when Gretna Gateway Outlet Village invited us to be part of this imaginative, creative experience for summer visitors.
“It’s a great opportunity to share our magical story and our exciting plans with thousands of families and shoppers and to help raise the final funds we need to create an enchanted land of children’s stories at Moat Brae where Peter Pan began.”
The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust are currently raising £5.8 million for the creation of a new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in the house in George Street designed by architect Walter Newall, and in whose gardens JM Barrie dreamt up characters as a child.
The new artwork features fairies, pirates and a lost boy, and will go on display on the floor of a retail unit at the outlet village.
And Peter Pan-themed costumed volunteers will make a number of collections at Gretna Gateway during July, with a giant St Bernard also set to make an appearance as a tribute to Nana, the canine nursemaid to the Darling family in J M Barrie’s famous tale.
Cathy Agnew added: “We hope this will add fun and inspiration for Gretna Gateway customers this summer, and they will all follow our progress and visit Moat Brae when it opens in 2018.”
The artwork will be available for the public to view at unit 64, beside Next Outlet, from 11 am to 5 pm every day from July 1 to 31.

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