Thousands of votes have been cast in the first MyMirfield Awards – and there’s only a week left to vote if you’ve not had your say.
The awards received scores of nominations for local businesses, organisations and events to receive the recognition for the part they play in making Mirfield a great place to live.
But boiling down the nominations to just three in each category was a tortuous process for the awards’ organiser, who found it difficult to leave out some of the entrants from the final shortlist.
Richard Hartley, who set up the awards, said: “There were more than 120 different retailers, businesses, organisations and events nominated for the awards.
“It was both warming to read the comments, and also frustrating knowing we had to create a shortlist.
“But in the end the decisions became easier as many of those with the most number of nominations also had the most community-based reasons attached to them.”
“We wish to thank everyone who nominated - and to encourage everyone who didn’t make the shortlist, to keep up the good work for 2016.”
The winners will be revealed during an awards night at Dewsbury District Golf Club in Mirfield on April 17.
The event will include a ‘posh’ raffle and auction for which donations would be welcome.
Proceeds will be split between Mirfield cyclist Jake Womersley – the grandson of Tour de France legend Brian Robinson – and MyMirfield, which will use its share on events like the late night shopping sessions it helped to co-ordinate last Christmas.
The shortlisted nominees are:
Service Business of the Year sponsored by CDS Recruitment, Mirfield
Eastthorpe Hall Health and Beauty Spa
Vibe Hair Design, Nab Lane
Food and Drink Establishment of the Year sponsored by Darren Brooke Homes, Mirfield
The Airedale Heifer
The Sandwich Shop, Lower Hopton
Retailer of the Year sponsored by The Mirfield Word Magazine
Beadelicious Gift Shop
The Missing Label Clothes Shop
To Have and To Hold Bridalwear
Business/Tradesman of the Year sponsored by Howarth’s Garage, Mirfield
Bould Brothers Plasterers
Orange Design Studio Architects
Community Event of the Year sponsored by Mirfield Mill Carpets
Mirfield Agricultural Show
Safe Anchor Trust Boat Trips
Community Organisation or Project of the Year sponsored by Dust Control Systems Limited, Dewsbury
Battyeford Belles Girls Football Club
Mirfield Stags Rugby League Football Club
Pennine Canoe and Rowing Club
The MyMirfield Special Recognition Award sponsored by Claire Ingram of Child Care by Claire, and Adrian Storey, of Box Haus Steel Structures
This award will be presented to someone who has continually contributed to Mirfield over several years. The category is not open to nominations.
Pick up a copy of this week’s paper – on sale now – for your voting form.
Voting closes at noon on Monday April 13. To get your vote in, fill out the form opposite and send to the attached address.
You can also vote online here.