A NEW town square which will give ‘a bright future’ to the centre of Goldthorpe has been officially opened.

Dubbed ‘Heart of Goldthorpe’, it will host a market every Thursday, from 9am to 3pm, and provides a new space for public events, as well as a place for people to walk and relax.

Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Mick Stowe, cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony on Thursday.

The square, which will also provide a venue for public events, has winding paths, curved planting beds, modern contrasting paving informal seating and an area for reflection.

The former Horse and Groom pub, which had become disused and unsafe, was demolished as part of the project.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “I look forward to welcoming our new traders and shoppers to the Heart of Goldthorpe, which will help shape a bright new future for Goldthorpe through the market and public events.”