By Meg Tarlton
On Sunday 1st September, a beautiful dry day, a host of tractors arrived at Heage Windmill well before the start time of 11-00am. While some were completely restored some were in their original state and several machines lined up near the mill. There was a wide variety of makers, a gleaming steam engine and an assortment of stationary engines, all in steam. Favourite for the children was a working scale model steam engine with a trailer behind.
The winner of the Tractor Day certificate for the “Best Tractor of the Day” was Dave Watson with his Fordson Super Major.
There was enough wind to turn the sails of the 222-year-old windmill and a large number of people enjoyed guided tours and learned how her machinery produced flour. Event organiser Lynn Allen said “It’s been a great day and thank you to the exhibitors for coming and supporting the Mill – we are always glad to welcome them to Heage”.
There was a hot food van on site plus the ever popular Bric-Brac stall. All profits from the day will go to the upkeep and maintenance of the windmill.
The next event at the Windmill will be the Classic Bike Day on Sunday 8th September and we look forward to welcoming you then.
Photos courtesy of Anthony Sharp