All the fun of the mill

Tractors at Heage Windmill
Tractors at Heage Windmill

twenty-five carefully restored old tractors glistened in the sunshine at Heage Windmill.

The gleaming machines, some of which were up to 60 years old, were brought to the windmill by a group of tractor enthusiasts.

Belper man John Allsop organised the line-up of tractors, which were gleefully admired by visitors to the windmill.

The fun was part of an action-packed, sunshine-drenched May Day Bank Holiday weekend at the popular tourist attraction. In all, about 1,000 visitors went along to the mill over the weekend.

On the Saturday, miller Anthony Sharp demonstrated how flour is milled using the windmill’s 100-year-old millstones.

On Monday, tours were provided by guides in costumes dating back to about 1900, when the mill was last in full commercial use.