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Barnsley Town Hall Square Gets Official Name

Friday August 30 2013

Mark Dobson's photo of the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square Mark Dobson's photo of the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square

The Town Hall square and gardens will be named Barnsley Pals Centenary Square.

Commemorating the Barnsley Pals battalions who lost their lives in the First World War, the naming of this prestigious square comes in time to mark the 100-year anniversary of the First World War, a turning point in history which claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe.

"The Barnsley Pals Centenary Square is a very welcome addition to the town centre, perfectly complementing the Experience Barnsley Museum which has welcomed almost 40,000 visitors so far," said Cllr Roy Miller.

"I’m happy that we could dedicate the gardens to the memory of our local heroes, to mark the centenary of their extraordinary bravery and service fighting for their country.

"I hope that as well as enjoying the gardens' beauty, people will take a moment to reflect on the lives lost so that they can enjoy freedom today."

The Barnsley Pals were two battalions during the First World War made up of men who had enlisted together in local recruiting drives, with the promise that they would be able to serve alongside their friends, neighbours and work colleagues, rather than being sent to regular army regiments.

Both Barnsley Pals battalions took part in the attack on Serre on the first day of the Somme campaign. The 1st Barnsley Pals suffered 275 casualties while the 2nd Barnsley Pals suffered 270 casualties on July 1, 1916.

The name plaque will be officially unveiled on September 13.

What do you think to its name? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Geoff on Friday August 30 2013 at 10:09
Great name for a great feature. Nice to see the Pals get some recognition at long last. Well done BMBC.

Reply Posted by sid on Friday August 30 2013 at 10:16
Yes,that's fantastic.

Reply Posted by Mark on Friday August 30 2013 at 10:31
Looks great shame the road past it is in such a bad state of repair as are most of the roads in the area ....

Reply Posted by Fruit Gum on Friday August 30 2013 at 20:33
Further works start soon around Town Hall affecting Church St, Shambles St and St Mary's Place. New Pavements, Kerbs, Street Furniture similar to what has just been done at Town Hall - roads will be resurfaced too. Barnsley is on the up! let's move it forward.

Reply Posted by Jimbob on Friday August 30 2013 at 13:34
Good to see there are no mouthbreathers saying 'waste ov munny shudda spent it on nuther greggz xx' this time, it looks great and although a bit long the name is fitting and commemorates the brave men of the town who lost their lives. Great to see Barnsley has something to be proud of and enjoy finally.

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Friday August 30 2013 at 18:05
That picture doesn't look like Barnsley! Wow! Looks stunning in the dark!

Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Saturday August 31 2013 at 10:44
As usual Barnsley looks backwards to its so called glory days for a name. Pals? why? Why not call it Pit square or something else backwards looking?
Or they could have broken the mould for once and been forward thinking. They could have had a school competition or what about "Barnsley on Benefits Place"? Surely that is more like the real Barnsley?

Reply Posted by Chris on Saturday August 31 2013 at 11:11
@Jimbob I am crying with laughter at your post. So true though. When I visited Barnsley earlier this year I was shocked by the huge numbers of obese people.

I am looking forward to seeing the fountains when I visit next month. I think it is a fitting name. I have visited the battlefields of the First World War several times.

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Saturday August 31 2013 at 23:20
There were a lot of fat people 100 years ago.
But when i visit barnsley when ive nothing better to do i think i will look out for obese. people and then i might spend an hour. skinny people spotting.

Reply Posted by Jessie James on Sunday September 1 2013 at 10:56
So Chris is there no obese people where you live??ffs get real.If all you wanna do is pull tarn darn why bother coming???

Reply Posted by wut? on Sunday September 1 2013 at 13:07
looks liek a sick place 2 get katti

Reply Posted by Cathy on Monday September 2 2013 at 07:57
Good to see the brave Barnsley Pals being remembered.

Reply Posted by Jessie James on Monday September 2 2013 at 17:31
We have been today to the Town Hall museum and to see the fountains I personally think they look awesome and so did my kids.
Well done B.M.B.C