MANY of you have noticed that a familiar town centre statue is missing.

Don't worry, the Dickie Bird statue hasn't been stolen - he's safe and sound with its sculptor Graham Ibbeson, who has plans to raise the plinth.

Dickie, 80, played cricket for Yorkshire before becoming an umpire, notching up 66 Test matches, at the time a world record.

He received an MBE in 1986 and has received honorary doctorates from Leeds and Sheffield Hallam universities, as well as being awarded the Freedom of Barnsley.

His life-size bronze statue has been in its position in St Mary's Garden since June 30, 2009, and will be re-installed on Sunday, November 3.