Peter Pan church brought back to life

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THE fu­ture looks bright for St Mary’s, the Epis­co­pal church in Kir­riemuir, Scot­land, where the fu­neral of Peter Pan author Sir James Bar­rie was held in 1937. De­signed by ar­chi­tect Sir Ninian Com­per at the start of the 20th cen­tury, the Grade-a build­ing, which fea­tures a stained­glass win­dow ded­i­cated to the Bar­rie fam­ily, has se­cured a joint grant of £191,200 from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land. This, to­gether with a legacy from a lo­cal teacher and con­tri­bu­tions from sev­eral trusts, will al­low the church to carry out es­sen­tial work to the roof and ma­sonry, as well as an in­ter­nal re­fur­bish­ment.

‘I’m thrilled that the work has now started,’ de­clares Rev Canon Dr Robert Har­ley, Rec­tor of St Mary’s. ‘A long spell of dry weather has meant that the builders have been able to devote them­selves to their task un­hin­dered. I look for­ward to see­ing St Mary’s re­stored to its for­mer glory.’

The ren­o­va­tion work should be com­pleted by Septem­ber, with a re-ded­i­ca­tion and Thanks­giv­ing ser­vice planned for the Har­vest Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

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