THE mining heritage of Barnsley is to be celebrated with a statue. Cast in bronze, the 6m-tall statue of a child standing on a column will stand in the town centre. The sculpture, funded by the National Union of Mineworkers and Barnsley Council, has cost £165,000.
Artist Kenny Hunter, who has made a cast, pictured, said it would mark the town’s history, culture and community of miners.
He said the figure of the child symbolises the past and future of the town, with the column representing the Barnsley seam of coal.
Around the base of the sculpture will be a list of mines, engraved in Yorkstone.
It is expected the installation will take about four weeks and it will be unveiled to the public at the end of March.