THE foundations of a memorial to the victims and heroes of the coronavirus pandemic will soon be laid.

It’s been agreed to procure Scoutmoor stone directly from Marshalls, a Halifax-based firm responsible for a host of national and international projects.

The £210,000 sculpture, which is being designed and produced by local artist Graham Ibbeson in collaboration with Lockbund Sculpture Foundry, will be located in the new town centre public square in the Glass Works.

It will depict seven figures including a young girl, older man, volunteer, nurse, carer, police officer and a teacher, representing different generations and communities, made out of bronze on a stone base.

Leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton, said: “This memorial and project will mark one of the most challenging times in our history and be a permanent piece that will endure for many decades.”