The district’s iconic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway joins a host of attractions shortlisted in a prestigious regional awards competition.

The railway – made famous by its role in The Railway Children film – has been shortlisted in the large visitor attraction category of the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards.

Marketing and publicity chairman at the railway Kieran Pilsworth said: “Obviously, it’s great. We’ve been going 40-odd years now and we haven’t won many major awards, so hopefully we’ll go on to win it.

“It’s good news for the area, especially with the economy as it is it’ll bring a bit of business in.”

Independent chairman of the judges Barbara Woroncow said: “With so many exceptional entries it is always a pleasure to see so many high quality submissions.

“The judges always struggle to choose who should go through to the awards. Yorkshire has such an abundance of tourism gems, those who made the finalist list should be incredibly proud of themselves.”

Other finalists from in and around Bradford include The Angel at Hetton, Skipton, in the B&B and guest accommodation category; Faweather Grange, High Eldwick, in the caravan holiday park and holiday village category; Bradford’s Dubrovnik Hotel in the outstanding customer service category; The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel and Spa, Bolton Abbey, near Skipton, in both the small hotel and town house and sustainable tourism categories; and the Bingley Music Live festival in the tourism event category.

Meanwhile, Haworth Visitor Information Centre is a contender for the visitor information award.

People interested in attending the awards can visit, email or call (0113) 3223508.