Full steam ahead for historic mill

PUBLISHED: 11:51 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

The Hitchin Samba band

The Hitchin Samba band

STOTFOLD Mill echoed to the sound of record crowds on Saturday for the annual steam fair. Organisers estimate over 10,000 people attended the event raising a total approaching £17,000 towards the preservation and up-keep of the ancient mill that was myste

All steam ahead

STOTFOLD Mill echoed to the sound of record crowds on Saturday for the annual steam fair.

Organisers estimate over 10,000 people attended the event raising a total approaching £17,000 towards the preservation and up-keep of the ancient mill that was mysteriously burned down in 1992 and has since been restored by the Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust.

Visitors saw the mill in full working order with experienced miller Ron Roper who worked there before it closed in the late 60s, demonstrating how flour was produced.

Among those watching was the former boss at the mill Sam Randall when it was known as Randall's Mill, and who still lives in the town.

This October the mill will return to full production again when flour will be produced and sold nationwide.

Not only was the mill a great attraction for visitors, but the many steam powered vehicles and rides enthralled people of all ages.

"It was very well attended. It was perhaps the best event ever," said John Saunders, chairman of the trust.

"We were very lucky with the weather and the money will go towards further restoration of the mill which will be open for business in October.

"There is a lot of interest being shown in Stotfold Mill flour which will be organically produced so it will be great to start business again very soon.

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