Sir Michael Parkinson has backed a major £5m fundraising campaign to renovate The Civic, to become a world-class destination for the arts by 2023.

The Civic is a Grade II listed building that has been part of the town since 1877.The front of the building is currently used as council office space, with historic access points blocked off.

The renovation will include an Eldon Street box office and café, the refurbishment of three un-used floors, and a new theatre space.

Sir Michael Parkinson said: “The arts are an integral part of what it means to be human.

"They contribute to our spirit and enrich our lives. Barnsley can be proud of the contribution it has made to the world of literature, theatre, radio, television, music and sport.

"That is why this campaign is important and why I am proud to be a Patron of The Civic. Please support us.”