A MEMORIAL which honours local lives lost during the pandemic is set to be unveiled in Barnsley town centre later this month.

The £210,000 bronze sculpture will be unveiled on November 22 in the Glass Works’ public square by Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Professor Dame Hilary Chapman, alongside key workers and bereaved families.

Graham Ibbeson’s sculpture - named ‘Reverence’ - will depict seven figures, including a young girl, older man, volunteer, nurse, carer, police officer and a teacher.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said: “The pandemic continues to affect us all and it is important we have a way to reflect on those we’ve lost and those who work so tirelessly in our communities.

“I hope the people of Barnsley will join us in the Glass Works to pay tribute.”

Barnsley residents are welcome to attend the open-air event which begins at 1.15pm.