A HOST of Bradfordians in the wedding industry have scooped top gongs at prestigious annual awards.
The Oracle Awards event, now in its fifth year, is a celebration of the UK’s business sector, recognising the nation’s best sole traders and charitable people.
DJ Bally was crowned the best male DJ in Yorkshire while DJ Nosh took home the title of the best female DJ in the region.
Akoustix Drummers, who band together to play traditional Indian Dhol drums, won the best acoustic drummers in Yorkshire category.
While Saima Cupcakes took home the trophy for the best wedding cake maker in Yorkshire.
The winners are now set to go head to head with the rest of the UK in a bid to earn a national title.
DJ Bally, who has run DJ Bally Entertainment for 15 years, said he was surprised to win after beating “people that have been in the game a lot longer”.
The entertainer, who had 3,500 votes in total, told the Telegraph & Argus: “On the night there was about 600 people, most of them were nominees. There were 15 people in each category.
“We actually performed at the event, it was amazing.
“I’ve had support from up and down the country, even abroad.
“I put it on my Snapchat, I had about 300 messages from people congratulating me – the love and support they’ve given me.”
And the feeling of overwhelming support is one felt by all of Bradford’s winners with both Saima Cupcakes and DJ Nosh thanking those who voted for them.
Akoustix Drummers were lost for words when they found out about the win.
The drummers have been bringing joy to people’s big day with their upbeat tunes since 2012.
Their performances are described by member Jimmy Singh as a way to “get the party going”.
Jimmy, who feels it’s not only a win for the band but one for Bradford as well, told the Telegraph & Argus: “I was quite speechless. I didn’t think we’d win but I had to come on stage, I was nervous. I didn’t know what to say.
“I thought ‘It’s my time to tell people how I feel’, just thanking them for the love and support.
“It’s great for Bradford. Bradford is something different.
“I love it. For me it’s more like a hobby than a job.”
The Oracle awards are the brainchild of Aidan Mufti, a British singer, song writer and producer specialising in R&B, urban and Bollywood music.
He joined in with DJ Bally and the dholl drummers at the end of the awards to perform Enrique Iglesias’s hit song Hero.