Splashing time at new Barnsley Town Hall Square

Opening Ceremony for the new fountain and public space alongside Barnsley Town Hall'Evie Shepherd and Laura Spurr enjoy the fountain
Opening Ceremony for the new fountain and public space alongside Barnsley Town Hall'Evie Shepherd and Laura Spurr enjoy the fountain

Children had a splashing time at the official switch-on of the Town Hall Square and Garden Fountain in Barnsley.

While dignitaries gathered in the town centre for the ceremony, children played in the water.

The new fountain has 30 nozzles, placed in three banks of 10, emitting 30 curved jets of water of varying diameter.

The jets can be illuminated by LED lights and have programmable nozzles to create different displays.

There is a 50,000-litre underground tank of water, which is pumped through the fountain’s nozzles at 30,000 litres per hour.

Barnsley’s Mayor, Councillor Ken Richardson, switched on the fountain in front of guests including councillors, council officers and town centre representatives. Staff from the recently- opened Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, in the Town Hall, were also at the ceremony.

Coun Richardson said: “The fountains make the Town Hall Square and Gardens area an even more beautiful place for people to enjoy and relax in. Along with our amazing visitor attraction, Experience Barnsley, which has already welcomed an astounding 20,000 people through its doors, they are a welcome addition.”

The Town Hall Square and Garden was officially opened in June, after a £1.9 million revamp, with the fountain switch-on the final part.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesman, said the facelift would stimulate growth and encourage investment.

“This and other measures set out in the council’s economic strategy will be the catalysts to create new jobs and grow business, enhancing the vibrancy of the town centre, both day and night,” he said.