Opinion: MyMirfield’s Richard Hartley

EASTER TREATS It's time for Mirfield shops likie The Melting House to decorate their windows.
EASTER TREATS It's time for Mirfield shops likie The Melting House to decorate their windows.

March has been such a busy month that it doesn’t feel two minutes since I was last writing this column.

The high street bloomed last weekend with floral gifts as parents and children carried Mother’s Day blooms – and the local pubs were full of parents, grandparents and children enjoying family meals out.

It is now the turn of the shops such as The Melting House chocolate shop to decorate their windows to entice shoppers ahead of Easter – and maybe another chance for people to enjoy another family meal with fresh meat from the local butchers and quality vegetables from the local grocers.

The MyMirfield Awards continue to progress and, as you will have seen over the last couple of weeks, the shortlist has been announced.

With more than 120 different retailers, businesses, organisations and events being nominated – some with more than 100 nominations each – the standard was amazingly high and the task of drawing up the shortlist was very difficult.

A shortlist of three was made in each category based on the quantity of public nominations and the associated reasons given based on community involvement – and with more than 5,000 votes already submitted, we believe the team ultimately made the right decisions.

It is also my son’s birthday on March 20 when he becomes a teenager – and I asked him what he felt of the town from his perspective. He said that he wanted more to do and more shops for him, but gave me strong hope when he finished by saying “but it has a great community of people helping other people, and want to see the best for the town”.

So may be this year I will have to go online for the latest computer game or music download – but felt that this was only a matter of momentary taste.

So looking positive for the future – let’s all build Mirfield together.