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Mining Statue To Be Installed At Interchange

Wednesday February 29 2012


Midland Street Statue Midland Street Statue


A STATUE to commemorate Barnsley's mining heritage has been installed outside the main entrance to Barnsley Interchange.

The artwork - which cost £165,000 - was created by Kenny Hunter. It is six metres high, cast in bronze and patinated in black, it shows the figure of a child with coal at its feet.

Coun Tim Cheetham said: “The public space at the southern end of the interchange, the site for the artwork, is an important arrival point to the town centre and will present an opportunity for passengers going to and from the interchange to recognise and identify with Barnsley.”

The sculpture has been funded by Section 106 money from Morrisons, along with contributions from the NUM, Raleys Solicitors and Barnsley Council.

*Thanks to Rob Hewlett for submitting the photograph *

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Reply Posted by Littlejaxter on Friday February 17 2012 at 15:51
Glad to Hear its not a telly tubby to match the bus station lol :o)

Reply Posted by Junefoster12 on Friday February 17 2012 at 17:24
pleased to hear council not funded all of it

Reply Posted by rsponge on Friday February 17 2012 at 23:23
Wish the wont CLOSING FIRE STATIONS DOWN Because of cut backs. But the wasting MONEY AGAIN  ON A STATUE .Typical BMBC plus the dint say how much of our MONEY the going to put in .....................

Reply Posted by The_grump on Monday February 20 2012 at 15:02
Anything that makes the town look nicer gets my vote, it's been co funded as well. Shame it will be like polishing a turd due to the myriad of derelict and disused shops in the town centre, plus the poor first impression of people travleling north people get of the town as they pass the run down old ceag and carpet buildings.

Reply Posted by The_grump on Monday February 20 2012 at 15:02
Anything that makes the town look nicer gets my vote, it's been co funded as well. Shame it will be like polishing a turd due to the myriad of derelict and disused shops in the town centre, plus the poor first impression of people travleling north people get of the town as they pass the run down old ceag and carpet buildings.

Reply Posted by The_grump on Monday February 20 2012 at 15:03
Had the government not shafted the council with the market plan BArnsley would have had a cracking market and shopping precint visible from the railway.

Reply Posted by The_grump on Monday February 20 2012 at 15:03
Had the government not shafted the council with the market plan BArnsley would have had a cracking market and shopping precint visible from the railway.

Reply Posted by Lindseygaylor on Monday February 20 2012 at 15:47
y do they have to waste money on statues when there are more important things to spend it on

Reply Posted by Mjk1982 on Monday February 20 2012 at 18:54
Typical Barnsley bashing. It clearly says the council hasn't funded it all. Money in certain sectors can only be spent on certain things. I agree with what 'the_grump' says, anything that will improve the image the town centre can only be a good thing!!

Reply Posted by Valerie_gomersell on Sunday February 26 2012 at 10:41
Wouldnt it have been better to spend the money subsidising shop rents then we woulnt have so many boarded up with graffiti allover them.lovely bus station nice monument an rest of barnsley town centre a dump

Reply Posted by Martin on Sunday February 26 2012 at 11:10
Is the statue being put up to commemorate one of them actually being on time?!

Reply Posted by tracey Butters Thompson on Saturday March 3 2012 at 00:46
Cut backs on everything, vital services for the elderly and the disabled being cut - leaving a lot of vulnerable adults even more vulnerable - and they have suddenly found the money (like they do for expenses) for a giant rolling pin - in the centre of Barnsley? WTF ?! 
If this piece of "Art" is to commemorate the mining Industry that WAS in Barnsley (Before Maggie and Arthur deceived the Barnsley folk between them) And left a lot of folk with no money, no dignity and no hope ....
Surely the money would've been better spent opening up one of the mines again - rather than import it all from abroad? And give Barnsley back a little dignity and pride? 

Reply Posted by Tarn Lad on Saturday March 3 2012 at 06:58
absolute waste of money, was the £165000 just for a statue or does that include the cost of transporting and installing the thing with that crane.
Barnsley already has enough statues commemorating the mining industry,
eg  on kendry hill, outside the NUM offices, some villages have half of the pit gear wheels, and we still have the old pit head standing by the muck stack overlooking Hoyle Mill

Reply Posted by TC on Saturday March 3 2012 at 18:32
Couldn't agree more.  This town needs to start looking forward not backwards.