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Sunderland landmark to be restored

Fulwell Mill

1:48pm 24th February 2018

Sunderland City Council is working on restoring a historical landmark.

Fullwell Mill is currently under work to replace the main sails after being closed in 2012.

The landmark first became an integral part of the city's skyline in 1808.

The attraction looks to be finished within two days next week.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said:

"Friday morning is a fantastic opportunity to see traditional millwrights at work, and learn the skills required in order to play a part in maintaining one of our city's oldest and most treasured heritage assets.

" The complete set of sails now being installed is the final piece in the historic jigsaw at Fulwell Mill, and the result of a lot of hard work and dedication from all those involved."

Chief Executive of SNCBC, Nikki Vokes added:

"Having the community at the heart of this project is essential for its success and we would like to invite everyone to come along and get involved. There will be lots of opportunities to volunteer in different ways including helping us to share the history of the Mill both locally and nationally and we will be delivering a range of events and activities across the year.

" The view out to the coast from the first floor of the visitor's centre is one of the best you will find in Sunderland and we hope people of all ages can visit the site to enjoy it for many years to come."

Kate Wilson, Heritage at Risk Principal for Historic England in the North East, said:

"We are delighted to see Fulwell Mill fully restored. Repairing buildings like this requires specialist skills and has been carried out by a team of millwrights possessing the necessary expertise.

"Historic England actively promotes and supports the use of traditional building skills as preserving this expertise is fundamental to repairing historic buildings.

"The specialist work carried out by Owlsworth IJP has restored Fulwell Mill to its rightful place on the city's skyline and is testament to our shared commitment to preserving our industrial and cultural heritage."

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