Not all plain sailing at mill

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MOULTON Mill has put back its official opening ceremony by one month due to a technical problem with the making of the sails.

The four sails were due to be installed at the end of August or beginning of this month but they won’t now be ready to go up until the end of the month or the beginning of October.

Installation of the sails will bring to an end the 14-year, £1.7 million project to restore the mill.

Mill project chairman Byron Hahn said there is a technical problem with the sails – possibly something to do with the right “mix” of the steel – and that means the official opening ceremony will go ahead on Monday, November 21 rather than Monday, October 24.

Cameras from BBC 1’s One Show will still be there to record the moment for posterity at the official opening.

No one currently alive has ever seen the mill complete with sails as they were first taken down in December 1894.

When the sails go up, there will be two cranes on site – one to hoist the sails and the second to hoist someone to fix them to the mill cap. But the weather will have to be perfect.

Ironically, the one thing necessary to turn the sails – wind – could delay the installation. If it is too windy, the operation will be held up for healthy and safety reasons.