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Prince Officially Opens New Town Hall Square

Monday September 16 2013

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

PRINCE Edward honoured hundreds of the region's brave soldiers as he officially opened the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square.

The Earl of Wessex unveiled the square's plaque on Friday in front of big crowds outside Barnsley Town Hall.

The name was chosen to remind future generations of the Barnsley Pals battalions who lived, worked, fought and died in the First World War.

"This is a memorial to the Barnsley Pals and, as we head to the anniversary of the start of the First World War, it's a very timely moment to do this in their memory," Prince Edward said.

"Congratulations to the council here who have done a fantastic job in remodelling this particular area - a dramatic improvement on the car park that was here before."

Sir Steve Houghton, Barnsley Council's leader, said: "We’ve had over 40,000 visitors to Experience Barnsley as a museum. Lots of those are spending time around the fountains, garden and the square.

"It’s become a major tourist attraction in its own right and it's been a big boost to the town centre's economy. Another piece in the jigsaw to make sure we have a town centre fit for the future but once that also recognises its history."

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Reply Posted by !!!! on Monday September 16 2013 at 12:39
It's a good job he didn't have a walk down market hill otherwise he might have stood on one of the dirty scruffy needles thrown on the floor that my daughters nearly stood on !!! Told a police officer n he was going to walk away and leave it ...

Reply Posted by AHR on Monday September 16 2013 at 13:21
Looks good, wonder what Photo editing suite he used ?

Reply Posted by Rebecca Jayne - 16 on Monday September 16 2013 at 14:05
He was very polite to me an my daughter and boyfriend & my friend. We were inside the museum and got told we had to stand by the lift to let him past. He saw us and kindly stopped and said hello to all four of us. It made our first experience at the museum even more enjoyable. :).

Reply Posted by liam on Monday September 16 2013 at 15:56
waste of the tax payers money

Reply Posted by hilda on Monday September 16 2013 at 20:23
Shame there isn't many tax payers in the borough, could have spent a bit more money on it if all the work shy got off there butts

Reply Posted by Rog on Thursday September 19 2013 at 20:39
The guy who packed in the Marines, opens the square, dedicated to men who gave their lives....honestly...