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THESE fantastic pictures show youngsters playing in a magical fairy village created by one of the artists behind the Black Pearl driftwood pirate ship.

Major Mace and wife Sue began the project, in Vale Park, New Brighton, two months ago with a tree stump, some driftwood left over from the Black Pearl and a bit of decking.

Now it has grown into a whole driftwood fairy village, including around 13 separate areas including a troll tree, memory garden, a tooth fairy's home and a fairy washing line complete with fairy-sized clothing hung out to dry.

Mainly created using items found on the beach, uprooted trees and decorations added by youngsters, the site has become hugely popular with local children, with Major Mace and Sue creating a back-story about how the village was born out of the fairies' need for a place to create magical dust.

Latest news and more ... as it happens Sue said: "My husband made a very basic door out of some decking for a tree stump, and we got such a big response that we added a bit more and a bit more.

"We don't advertise it but you wouldn't believe how many people are out there, all the little ones looking for fairies, leaving presents for them.

It's a bit of fun with local schools and interactive, the children can create their own bits."

The couple have worked with Wirral council on the project and have a rule that nothing can be attached to living trees and that any additions are run past the council gardeners on site.

Sue said: "Every single thing has permission from gardeners from the council. It's just taken off, we've been invited to go to Llangollen Fairy Festival and are just having fun with it all. We're adamant nothing is attached to any living tree, we don't want to damage trees. But we just have fun doing it and the children get so much out of it, it's lovely."


The driftwood fairy village in Vale Park created by Sue and Major Mace

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2015
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