A HOST of businesses and organisations were recognised for being the best in town at the MyMirfield awards.
Over 1,000 nominations were made by the public, with more than 100 different businesses, organisations, events and retailers then shortlisted for their work within the community.
Around 40,000 votes were cast across nine categories.
Winners at the awards night at the Cedar Court Hotel were: Newgate Garage (business/tradesman), Rhubarb & Ginger Home and Wedding (retailer), Salvia Restaurant (food and drink business), Roger’s Gent’s Hairdressing (hair and beauty business), Creative Arts Hub CIC (activity organisation), Battling Fat Lads FC (sporting organisation), Winter Warmers (community organisation), Mirfield in Bloom (community project) and Sarah’s Wish for Kirkwood (community event).
Debs Holroyd and Tania Asquith, who helped organise the Mirfield Half Monty, walked away with the Above and Beyond prize in the community award category for helping to raise over £20,000 for cancer charities.
Mirfield Team Parish Pantomime Committee received a standing ovation as they were presented with the lifetime recognition award – celebrating 70 years of the annual pantomime.
Co-organiser Richard Hartley said: “Whether the finalists walked away with a winners’ trophy or not, every person in the room should be so proud of what they have done in the Mirfield community over the years.
“It often goes unsung and is seen as ‘just what they do’, but the nominations showed that the public wanted to acknowledge and thank them for being amazing. What we do is only possible because of all the great people and businesses we have in Mirfield.”
This year’s awards helped raise funds for Mirfield Mayor Martin Ibberson’s chosen charity, Little Deer Wood – an activity centre which provides land and water-based activities for people of all ages and abilities.
He said: “It was another amazing night with so many worthy finalists and winners.
“868 Squadron and Sutton School of Performing Arts kicked off the evening with energising performances, Regan Backhouse wowed guests with his magic, Martyn Jones showcased the special recognition awards, and the night was wrapped up with laughs, fundraising and a Kylie tribute!”