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Council's 'Wind in the Willows' literary gaff is Pooh


Elmbridge Borough Council have made a literary howler on new signage along the River Thames at East Molesey.

As part of a £200,000 Lottery funded project in Hurst Park on the Thames Towpath, a sign has been erected, complete with a quotation from the famous children's story The Wind In the Willows.

Kenneth Grahame (1859 - 1932) author of the famous children's classic 'The Wind in the Willows'
Kenneth Grahame, author of the The Wind in the Willows

The tale of riverbank creatures Toad, Mole and Ratty, which was first published in 1908, was written by Kenneth Grahame.

But on the sign, the council has attributed the quotation to AA Milne, the author of Winnie The Pooh.

However, A. A. Milne was also a playwright, and he loved Grahame's story so much that he adapted part of it, for the stage, calling it 'Toad of Toad Hall'.

Its first production was at the Lyric Theatre in London on 17 December 1929.

Elmbridge Council say it is from that stage adaptation that they have taken the quote, but they acknowledge Grahame was the original author.

Local resident Alison Florence first noticed the error and she says it may mislead the public.

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