KIRK Balk Community College welcomed a special visitor when Kes star Dai Bradley came to the school.

Dai, who famously played Billy Casper in the classic Ken Loach film, spoke to pupils about the making of the movie and his iconic character.

He's hoping to inspire pupils to achieve their ambitions.

Dai said: "There are many Billy Caspers, some that are in Kirk Balk because they're in every school. They are not alien and there are ways and means of breaking out of that mentality where you think life is not worth putting the effort into."

Dai said he has many fond memories of the area from shooting the film including Bell Woods near Hoyland and The Harbour chip shop in Hoyland Common.

"They were bloody good chips," he said.

His appearance forms part of Made in Hoyland and The Hoyland Big Read - a project throughout March celebrating the area and a Kestrel For A Knave with free events at Hoyland Library and Kirk Balk school.