HUNDREDS of people turned out to see history in the making at Moulton Mill on Monday as its sails were hoisted into place.
Volunteers, villagers, passers-by and school children all crowded outside the “national treasure” as work began to witness the final stage of its 13-year restoration project.
Project manager Janet Prescott said: “It’s such a fabulous day, although it is tinged with sadness for those who have not been able to be here.
“We have lost one or two friends along the way due to ill health.”
Volunteers behind the project have had a nine-week delay in getting the sails in place due to technical problems during the manufacture of the sails.
However, now only the finishing touches need to be made to the mill, with hopes that the sails will be ready to start turning today.
It is believed the grinding process to make flour should then be straight forward.
No one alive has seen the sails on the mill as they were first taken down in December 1894.
Mrs Prescott said: “The first public meeting was held in February 1998 in the community centre in the village and it’s 13 years, five months and six days since I put the funding application in. I haven’t seen my desk since so it’ll be nice to clear some of the paperwork.
“We have a good core of about 35 volunteers who give their time every week. The key thing is if you want something badly enough and you are determined, you can make it happen.
“When a small village in Lincolnshire can raise £1.7million and save what is a national treasure, the world’s your oyster.”
Moulton Mill has previously enjoyed national interest after appearing on BBC One’s The One Show and Country Tracks.
An official grand opening event is expected to be held in the spring.