Gales tear another sail from windmill

Lytham Windmill with sail missing.
Lytham Windmill with sail missing.
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LYTHAM’S most iconic structure is once more in need of repairs after falling victim to gales again.

It’s less than three months since the windmill on Lytham Green was restored to its former glory after being battered by gales - which ripped off two sails - last November.

The repair work was carried out by Wesham-based millwrights N Gillet and Son.

Now it will be early spring before it can be repaired after gales hit the Fylde coast last Thursday night, tearing a sail off the 206-year-old landmark.

Plans were already in place to replace the remaining two sails following the damage caused in 2010. But the £15,000 repairs were not scheduled to go ahead for some time and council chiefs admitted the windmill will be without a full complement of sails for months.

A spokesman said: “We have taken the sail to our depot where we are keeping it to be a template. We will be making two new ones. The total cost, we expect to be about £15,000.

We are now, as we were last year, looking for suitable wood, as it comes in 30ft lengths and we expect to have two new sails in place by early spring. There are exciting plans for the windmill to get the sails turning again. We can’t let a minor mishap put us off the long term vision for the future.”

Alan Ashton, chairman of Lytham Heritage Group, said: “What the future holds for it is up to the council and it’s a shame it keeps happening.”