Last week, his great-great nephew was outraged to discover that it had been lifted off the ground and placed on a great big “pompous” plinth. … JM Barrie’s magical stories of Peter Pan are among the best-loved in children’s literature and the statue of the boy who refused to grow up has delighted generations of visitors to Kensington Gardens in London for more than a century. He wanted the bronze sculpture – featuring Peter Pan blowing a pipe on a tree stump, “with fairies and mice and squirrels all around” – to look as if it had sprung up from the ground. The dramatist and novelist commissioned it, installing it in secret, in the middle of the night, to suggest that it had appeared by magic. read more