Search for community heroes


A train operator is searching for Mirfield’s most community-minded residents and offering them the chance to win a trip to London.

Grand Central Trains is running the Heart of the Community Awards competition in towns along its West Yorkshire-London Kings Cross route, which include Mirfield, Brighouse and Halifax.

The awards recognise people who have made a real difference to the communities on the line served by Grand Central, such as charity fund-raisers or dedicated local volunteers.

Four West Yorkshire nominees will be shortlisted and invited to an awards ceremony in October, where the winner will receive a family trip to London, including rail travel, hotel accommodation and a visit to The London Bridge Experience and Tombs attraction. The rail operator will also donate £500 to a charity of the winner’s choice.

“The communities along our routes lie at the heart of what we do and last year’s nominations highlighted the hard work of so many people, dedicated to very different causes, within those communities. We are, therefore, very excited to launch the second year of the Grand Central Heart of the Community Awards,” said Sean English, CEO of York-based Grand Central Trains.

Entrants can be self-nominating or suggest the name of a deserving person. Details of the nominee, including their name, age, address and contact number should be emailed to with the header West Riding Heart of the Community Awards before September 18. Entry forms can also be downloaded at

Grand Central’s services use the East Coast Main Line route to run trains to and from London Kings Cross, calling at Doncaster, Wakefield, Pontefract, Mirfield, Brighouse, Halifax and Bradford Interchange. The company is an open access operator, meaning it is not franchised to the route.