Magical 3D Art World Unveiled at Gretna Gateway to Support the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

A fabulous new three-dimensional artwork featuring fairies, pirates and a Lost Boy and inspired by J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, will be unveiled at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village on Friday 1 July.

Created by internationally renowned pavement artist Julian Beever, the artwork has been developed in conjunction with the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust in Dumfries, which is currently raising £5.8 million for the creation of a new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling. The Centre, which is backed by figures including Joanna Lumley and David Walliams, is due to open in 2018 and is expected to be a major new, year-round attraction for Dumfries and Galloway.

The new artwork at Gretna Gateway has been created to help raise awareness of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust’s efforts. It will be free to view but visitors are being invited to make a donation to Moat Brae and to learn more about the Trust’s work through a special display at the Outlet Village.

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.

Lisa McNab, Marketing Manager, Gretna Gateway Outlet Village said;

“Our new artwork is amazing and really gives the impression that you could just step off the red brick bridge into J M Barrie’s magical world. It will be a wonderful experience for families visiting during July and a great way for children to be inspired by the famous story and for shoppers to learn more about the Moat Brae Trust’s amazing efforts to create a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in Dumfries. We hope as many people as possible will come along to see it and show their generosity towards what is set to be a fabulous new attraction for the region.”

Cathy Agnew, Project Director of the Moat Brae Trust said;

“We were delighted when Gretna Gateway Outlet Village invited us to be part of this imaginative and 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. We hope this will add fun and inspiration for Gretna Gateway customers this summer and that they will all follow our progress and visit Moat Brae when it opens in 2018.”

The 3D artwork will be on show in unit 64 at Gretna Gateway (beside Next Outlet). It will be open from 11am – 5pm every day from 1 until 31 July. Gretna Gateway Outlet Village is open seven days a week 10am to 6pm. For further information, visit www.gretnagateway.com or phone 01461339028.

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