Setts to be replaced in two weeks

Sir J. M. Barrie.
Sir J. M. Barrie.

Angus Council has confirmed the quotation wrongly attributed to Sir J M Barrie, which features prominently in Kirrie Town Square, will be replaced within the next two weeks.

Last month we revealed how council chiefs were left embarrassed after it emerged the quotation, carved out of stone slabs in the re-developed town centre, was not written by Barrie.

Local historian Dave Orr questioned the authenticity of “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting”.

He told us: “Local JMB experts have since checked online about the quote and it seems no one knows where it came from, nor how it came to be widely attributed to J.M. Barrie!

“J.M. Barrie may have said it in an interview, but the point is there is no evidence of it in his book or the stage script.”

Red-faced council chiefs were forced to go “back to the drawing board” to seek out an authentic quotation - and it should be in place by the end of the month.

At a meeting of the Kirriemuir Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme’s steering group last month members agreed to the following:

“Come on! We’ll fly”……”I’ll teach you how to jump on the wind’s back and then away we go”.

It is from the book Peter and Wendy, Chapter 3 and also the play Peter Pan, Act I.

The designer involved with the project liaised with The Townhouse Museum, a member of the local community, the Peter Pan Director of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) and The National Trust for Scotland on behalf of Barrie’s Birthplace.

A cost for replacement is being finalised.