Barnsley: Kes, Coal and Covid

The world depicted by Barry Hines 1968 novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’, and recreated by Ken Loach in his 1969 film ‘Kes’ has long passed but coal’s legacy remains with us.  Barnsley had a high rate of deaths from Covid, partly because of the prevalence of lung diseases among ex-miners. Sculptor Graham Ibbeson’s two fitting memorials stand proudly in Barnsley town centre.

Barnsley: personal cultural history

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