Pete is first life member of windmill

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A volunteer who has been helping out at Heage Windmill for the last 12 years has become the attraction’s first honourary life member.

Peter Straw was awarded the special title after announcing he was retiring after 12 years of dedicated service to the windmill.

John Kirkland, of Bowmer and Kirkland, who is patron of the mill handed over the honour to Peter who had been chairman of The Friends of Heage Windmill since 2002

Founder trustee of the windmill Alan Gifford said: “Peter has been devoted to mill throughout the years and has done much to make it into the undoubted tourist attraction it has become.

“His wife Celia, who has been mill shop manager for the past five years, decided to join with him in order they could both go on a few more holidays.

“They returned to the mill last Saturday and proudly displayed the now framed certificate recording his service. We all hope to still see them again at the mill from time to time.”

Mr Gifford said there had been a poor take-up to a recent appeal for new volunteers at the mill and that the lack of support had been noticeable during recent events.

A large number of visitors came to the mill at Heage on Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11 as part of National Mills weekend and to view a dozen rare motor cycles, vintage and veteran tractors, a Messerschmitt bubble car and Nunsfield Radio Club who set up a tent with short wave radio during the weekend.

To volunteer contact Lynn on 01773 715177 or 07973 548 551.