THE Historic roundabout that sits in Barnsley Market has been saved, thanks to a public campaign and lottery funding.
A Facebook campaign launched yesterday won over 2,500 local's support in mere hours when it emerged that the fate of the roundabout - which has been in the market for decades - was in the balance.
Now, Barnsley Museums is working with the owners to ensure this treasured piece of Barnsley’s history is not lost.
Experience Barnsley will be using Heritage Lottery-funding to carefully restore parts of it. Favourite pieces will be installed in pride-of-place in the new museum for children to play on and for people to share wonderful memories about. The other parts of the roundabout will be taken into special storage, so it can hopefully be restored in the future.
Dr John Tanner, from Barnsley Museums, said: "We are really pleased and proud that we will be looking after the roundabout, such a treasured piece of Barnsley’s heritage."
Current roundabout owner Stewart Robinson, remembers: "The Barnsley Roundabout has been in our family for 52 years, everyone loves it and we’re really pleased it will be looked after long into the future. We’re now looking for other ways in which our family can continue to entertain future generations visiting the town too."
The roundabout has been out of action for a few months and Experience Barnsley had been in talks with the owners over the last few weeks to try to come up with a plan to save it.