MPs tall award idea

DEWSBURY and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell has high hopes for his new community awards scheme.

Nominations for the inaugural Arqiva Emley Moor Community Award, which aims to highlight charity and community work in Mr Reevell’s constituency, opened on Monday – and the winner will receive the prize at the top of the Emley Moor mast.

Following a visit to the TV structure which dominates the landscape of his constituency, last year, the Tory politician came up with the idea for the award.

Known as ‘The Emleys’, the scheme will celebrate unsung local heroes by inviting people to recognise their contribution towards the lives of individuals, or the work of charities and community projects.

Nominations will run until Friday May 31 and can be sent via email to or by post to his constituency office at 5 Northgate, Dewsbury, WF13 1DS.

Anyone wishing to put forward a candidate should include his or her own full contact details, as well as a short description of their nominee’s contribution to the local area.

Nominees must be resident within the Dewsbury and Mirfield constituency.

Mr Reevell is on the awards committee along with Press editor David Bentley and fellow newspaper chiefs Neil Atkinson of The Examiner and Hannah Ridgeway of The Reporter.

The MP said: “There are a great many people who work really hard for their communities, often behind the scenes and with little recognition of their time and effort.

“The ‘Emleys’ will enable those who have benefited most from the work of these outstanding individuals to acknowledge the contribution that they make.”

The 330m-tall tower, which is the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, is owned by Arqiva, a media infrastructure and technology company.

The site is the base for their engineering field force and serves as the network monitoring and service management centre.

Over 130 staff are based at the site.

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