Joy as windmil’s sails are restored

NDET 9-8-12 MC 8'Dale Abbey Windmill
NDET 9-8-12 MC 8'Dale Abbey Windmill
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An historic Erewash landmark can feel the wind in its sails once again now that it has finally been restored to its former glory.

Since early 2011, the once proud Dale Abbey windmill has been without any of its sails to the dismay of borough residents, who see it as an important part of the area’s heritage.

Earlier this month, the Advertiser reported how Erewash Borough Council failed in its legal bid to force owner Mel Richardson, of Ilkeston Contractors, to restore the sails on the Grade-I listed, 18th-century windmill.

The authority was instead landed with a bill for £4,000.

‘Tiser readers celebrated the news on social media this week, after we revealed that workmen were replacing the sails last Thursday.

Christopher Bosman said: “Wonderful! At last.”

And @Lollylou78 on Twitter said: “Thats great news.”

Cllr John Frudd’s ward is Kirk Hallam, not far from the Cat and Fiddle mill.

He said: “It’s brilliant.

“Over the past 40 years or so they have had problems – the sials have been off and on.

“But it’s an important Grade-I listed building and it’d would be great if this time they will stay there.”

He suggested events such as car boot sales and steam fairs in view of the landmark could bring visitors into the area.