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Why did Peter Pan statue in Lowestoft gardens suddenly disappear?

PUBLISHED: 14:16 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:16 01 December 2017

The Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft. Where is it now?

The Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft. Where is it now?

Archant

A couple are trying to uncover the mystery disappearance of a well-known statue in Lowestoft.

Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft 2017. Photo: James Carr. Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft 2017. Photo: James Carr.

The statue of Peter Pan stood in the middle of a small lake in Kensington Gardens, but say Catherine and David Warner, it was removed in 1985 – but to where and by whom, and more importantly, where is it now?

Mr Warner, who is a Clerk in Holy Orders from Eye, Suffolk believes the statue was a piece of the region’s cultural heritage.

He said: “Public Records contain an illustrated account of the removal of the statue of Peter Pan from Kensington Gardens in 1985.

“What a triumph it will be to find the answer to a mystery which we had concluded could only come from surviving retired members of the former Waveney District Council, and/or their next of kin.”

Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft 2017. Photo: James Carr. Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft 2017. Photo: James Carr.

The Journal did carry a report in 1984 when the statue was in a workshop being restored after damage, due mainly to vandals.

“Peter Pan” had earlier had his head knocked off on occasions, and an arm.

The original Peter Pan statue is a bronze sculpture of J M Barrie’s famous character. It was commissioned by Barrie and made by Sir George Frampton, and is displayed co-incidentally in Kensington Gardens in London, close to Barrie’s home on Bayswater Road.

Was Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft – with a history that dates back to the 1920s - named after the London site?

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the Peter Pan statue in Lowestoft, or can shed any light on its history, please email anne.edwards@archant.co.uk

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