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Joanna Lumley backing new appeal to protect Peter Pan property

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Sep 23, 2013 | 10:08am EDT

Joanna Lumley is urging literature lovers to donate funds to complete restoration work on the home which inspired J.M. Barrie's classic children's book Peter Pan. In 2011, the Absolutely Fabulous star became a supporter of the campaign to save Moat Brae House, which is said to have been the inspiration for the magical kingdom of Neverland in Barrie's heartwarming tale. The drive prevented the estate in Dumfries, Scotland from being razed to the ground, but now the property's 39 windows urgently need replacing to ensure it is watertight ahead of the U.K. winter. Lumley wants Barrie fans to help raise $150,000 (£100,000) for the Windows Appeal so the house can be successfully transformed into a centre for children's literature. She says, "I love children and children's literature. The idea that this old and beautiful house can be saved and become a children's literature centre for Scotland, welcoming in children from all over the U.K. and the world, is just brilliant... "Peter Pan came in through the windows, and the children followed him out through the windows. There is something very special about windows as the link between this world and the magical one of Peter Pan." Barrie's work was first a stage play, before being published as a novel in 1911.

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