Why did Peter Pan statue in Lowestoft gardens suddenly disappear?

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

The Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft. Where is it now? - Credit: 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. - Credit: Archant

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. - Credit: Archant


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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.

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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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