HOLLYWOOD actor Brian Blessed and Barnsley poet Ian MacMillan will be among the guests at a special miners' memorial service at Goldthorpe Parish church on Sunday (3pm) They will join Parish Priest Father Tony Delves, the Bishop of Sheffield, Mayoress of Barnsley Coun Maragaret Morgan and members of Goldthorpe Parish Church for the dedication of the new miners' memorial window.
The window was installed thanks to a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and local donations and is a permanent memorial to the miners who not only worked, but those who died at Hickleton Main, Barnburgh Main, Goldthorpe and Highgate pits.
A Memorial book, listing all those known to have died at the four pits has also been produced by various local history groups, the first time it has been done.
Fr Delves said: "The window is brilliant, it is very clear and colourful and everybody that has been to look at it has been full of praise."
The service which is also open to any non-members of the church will include musical contributions from Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir, Barnburgh Male Voice Choir, Barnburgh Village Singers and Dearne Valley Brass Band, as well as a contribution from Mr MacMillan.
Ftr Delves added: "This should be a great occasion and everyone is welcome, especially former mineworkers. We will get everyone in the church who wants to come to the ceremony."
An exhibition displaying the Dearne's mining heritage will also be on show on Saturday between 10am and 6pm.