A STATUE commemorating a literary classic will be on display at the Experience Barnsley Museum tomorrow.

A life size sculpture of Billy Casper and his beloved bird KES, from the novel, A kestrel for a knave, written by Hoyland author Barry Hines.

The statue was created by artist Graham Ibbeson, who lives and works in Barnsley and has produced masterpieces in towns and cities across Britain which includes a statue of Eric Morecambe in Lancashire, Cary Grant in Bristol as well as Dickie Bird.

Visitors will be able to see the sculpture up close for the first time, as it takes centre stage in the museum’s main gallery.

It is the perfect backdrop for the piece as the museum celebrates the fascinating history of the borough and tells the story of the town through fascinating objects and displays.

The project has been supported by the Kes Group and the the Barry Hines Memorial Committee, who have worked tirelessly in the making the dream of creating the statue as a memorial to author Barry Hines a reality.

Coun Roy Miller said: “We are thrilled that Experience Barnsley will host the stunning sculpture. Kes has incredibly strong connections to the borough and it will be perfectly placed, surrounded by other important objects relating to the towns history.

“It will be the first time people have the opportunity to see the piece and I am sure they will be impressed by the work. It is also a great opportunity for people to have a look around the town’s award winning, free to enter museum.”