To celebrate JM Barrie’s passion for cricket, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of his death, and to raise funds for the work of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, the Trust is holding a match between a J. M. Barrie Invitation XI (the Allahakbarries) and a Dumfries Select XI at Nunholm, the ground of Dumfries Cricket Club, on Thursday 28 June 2012. The match will be 40 overs a side, starting at 2pm, preceded by a fundraising lunch.
Although he was only moderately skilful, Barrie loved cricket. He played his first serious cricket at Dumfries Academy and went on, when his burgeoning career took him to London, to form his own side, the Allahakbarries, who played mostly on a nomadic basis in the south of England. His players were literary men like himself and included such famous names as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse, Jerome K. Jerome, A A Milne and E. W. Hornung. The Allahakbarries played only twice in Scotland, at Kirriemuir, where he presented the village with a pavilion, perhaps the only one in the world to have a camera obscura built into it!
Tickets for the match are priced £5 (children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult) and are available from:
- Midsteeple, Dumfries, Tel: 01387 25338
- Thomas Tosh, Thornhill
- or from the offices of the PPMBT itself on 01387 255549.
[There is continued free access to the club for Sports Club Members]
Lunch places, including entrance, match programme and a 3-course lunch with wine, are available, priced £35 per person (lunch from 12 to 2).
For a lunch place contact the Trust on 01387 255549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Funds raised from entrance fees, programme sales and advertising, the lunch, an auction and from business sponsorship will help to support the work of the Trust.
The auction includes two cricket bats signed by Alec Stewart and Paul Collingwood (as wielded by Joanna Lumley) and various prizes relevant to the locality – Auction Prizes
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