Prince Edward to visit Heage Windmill on royal tour

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PRINCE Edward will pay a visit to Heage windmill during a tour of Derbyshire.

The Earl of Wessex, will be at the Grade 2 listed mill on Friday, May 6.

It will be the first time any member of the royal family has visited a windmill in Derbyshire.

The prince will be given a short tour of the mill and shown how ancient machinery, which is still producing flour 200 years after it was built, works.

Alan Gifford, a volunteer at the mill, said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the news that Prince Edward is to visit the windmill.

“It will be a great boost to the team of dedicated volunteers who run the mill and who put so much effort into it.

“During the visit he will climb the stairs to the top of the mill to see the ancient machinery, and learning how it all works on the way.

“If the wind conditions are correct, we are hoping he will be able to start up the mill himself.”

The mill, which is owned by Derbyshire County Council, is managed as a registered charity by Heage Windmill Society. A group called the Friends of the Windmill operate and maintain the mill, along with help from mill trustees

Meanwhile, today, there was due to be a royal presence on the Ecclesbourne railway. The Duke of Gloucester was visiting and was expected to meet the Mayor of Amber Valley, Alan Cox, at Duffield station.