Windmill makeover

LYTHAM ST ANNES TRAVEL FEATURE.'The windmill and old lifeboat house at Lytham. Picture: Ian Day
LYTHAM ST ANNES TRAVEL FEATURE.'The windmill and old lifeboat house at Lytham. Picture: Ian Day

THE iconic Lytham windmill is finally set for a facelift ahead of this summer’s Lytham Proms.

The famous landmark was hit by 100mph winds that battered the Fylde coast last November, causing damage to two sails which were both destroyed in the storms.

With the Lytham Proms taking place in August, including performances by Katherine Jenkins, Status Quo and Boyzone, the council is acting now to maintain the town’s symbolic windmill.

Despite enthusiasm about the repair work, Fylde council have admitted widespread attempts to buy the correct wood for the site are proving difficult.

A Fylde council spokesman said: “We were originally looking for Pitch pine but, because we need it in 30m lengths, it has been impossible to get. We are now broadening our search to include Douglas fir which has very similar qualities.

“Wood of this type can’t simply be bought off the shelf. It has to be ordered well in advance and then brought in from abroad. The wood has to have particular qualities - it has to be strong and not flex too much in strong wind.

“It is a very difficult wood to acquire. We are unlikely to get the work done this spring, but we will ensure that the windmill is ready for the Proms weekend in August. We have to get the job right.

“We will be saving money on scaffolding by repainting the windmill at the same time the sails are replaced.”

Chairman of the Lytham St Annes Civic Society, Marion Coupe, welcomed the news of repairs: “I am delighted to hear that the council will be repairing the windmill back to its original state this summer.

“I am glad that it will be done in time for the Lytham Proms.”