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The Pageant of Peter Pan on the occasion of the Presentation of the Statue.
The gift of Mr George Audley

Pageant in Sefton Park, Liverpool
16th June 1928

Written & produced by Percy F Corkhill C.B.E.
by permission of Sir James Barrie O.M.
Music by James Crooks
Illustrated by T J Bond

The Pageant of Peter Pan
by Percy Corkhill

Squirrel illustrationThey all begin the same way, these fairy stories – ‘Once upon a time.’ And so it came to pass that one day that great lover of the beautiful – Barrie, they called him – created a beautiful and immortal play – Peter Pan – about ‘the boy who would never grow up’, never has, and never will.

The another lover of children, Sir George Frampton, filled with beautiful thoughts, brought his genius into play and built up a statue of Peter Pan. I will not describe it; you must go and see it for yourself.

Now, do you know that the genius of Barrie had a family; young, pretty, fairy-like people who left the nest early and wandered over the world. One of these little people was a generous thought and it settled in the mind of yet another lover of children. (God bless the lovers of little children!) He was a man of commerce but he had the child heart - his name was Mr George Audley. He wrestled with this generous thought for a second only, then with brightening eyes said, ‘I will give to my native city a Peter Pan, and he shall have the best setting which a proud and rich city can give to him’.

And so the Statue of Peter Pan came to reside in a lovely spot near the banks of the Mersey.

The next question. Shall Peter and Wendy and the Fairies, the Lizard and Frog and Snail, come as in the dead of the night to us as they did in Kensington Gardens? It was thought not.

What better scheme could we have than a real great Peter Pan Day when inspiration would be kindled afresh in Peter’s innumerable admirers.

Shall we sit down and have a quiet chat about it?
We see first of all that ‘Nana discovers a secret;’ and so does the audience.
But I have not told you yet about the audience on Peter Pan Day. It is a large, enthusiastic congregation of children of all ages. There are those who have not been able to snatch as many of the blessings of life as others have – they are there. Bright, mischievous, frolicsome boys and girls in health and strength are there too; City Fathers and City Mothers, too are there - all to assist at Peter’s House-warming.

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