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Stars join 'Wonderland' campaign
The former Penmorfa hotel (picture - John Lawson-Reay)
Penmorfa should be saved, says John Lawson-Reay
The campaign to stop a building with links to Alice in Wonderland from being demolished has received a boost.

Conservationists say TV's Griff Rhys Jones, Carol Vorderman and author Jacqueline Wilson have pledged their support to save Penmorfa in Llandudno.

The building was a holiday home of the family of Alice Liddell, the girl thought to have inspired Lewis Carroll's tale.

Developers have said it is unrealistic to refurbish the building.

"We're delighted that Griff Rhys Jones, Carol Vorderman and also author Jacqueline Wilson have agreed to back our campaign," said John Lawson-Reay, chairman of the Llandudno Seaside Buildings Preservation Trust and a member of the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay History Society.

Public rally

"Although they are too busy to be physically involved they have pledged their support," he said.

The preservation trust want the building saved and ultimately turned into an Alice in Wonderland museum.

"We are organising a public rally on Sunday to collect signatures on a petition asking for the building to be listed," said Mr Lawson-Reay.

The building's condition was deteriorating because it was no longer boarded up against the weather, he said.

The rally was held outside Penmorfa on Sunday afternoon.

Developers want to build flats at the site and say it is "unrealistic" to refurbish the former seaside hotel.

A Welsh Assembly Government spokesperson said Cadw, the historic environment service, had been unable to find "conclusive evidence" Lewis Carroll ever visited the house or that the Alice in Wonderland stories were partly written there.



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