Sail Falls Off Little Marton Windmill

Little Marton Windmill has been cordoned off after one of its sails fell off and another came loose in high winds. Blackpool Council said it was carrying out a survey at the Grade II listed Little Marton Windmill on Preston New Road to assess the damage..

The Friends of Little Marton Windmill (FoLMW), who had organised an open day on Sunday, have cancelled the event.

FoLMW’s Shirley Matthews told the BBC, ‘We cordoned it all off as the sail was on the ground. The whole area is now cordoned off as another sail looks in disrepair.’

A spokesperson for Blackpool Council said a cordon was ‘in place while a survey is carried on the remaining sails. The broken sail will be removed and checks carried out to see if it can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.’

The Little Marton windmill was built in 1838 by John Hays on the site of an earlier mill and was in use until the 1920s. It was externally renovated in 1968 and listed in 1983. It now opens to the public with a team of volunteers giving demonstrations about the milling process.

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