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 *