Former mill staff reunite for project

Castleford Heritage Trust move into Queen's Mill.  (p641c317)
Castleford Heritage Trust move into Queen's Mill. (p641c317)

Ex-mill workers reunited to share their memories of working at the former Allinson’s mill in Castleford as part of a heritage project.

Castleford Heritage Trust invited former staff to return to the mill on Aire Street last week, to reminisce about their time working at the mill.

The trust plans to record their memories and pictures as part of its plans to turn the mill into an arts and heritage centre.

Kenny Wood, ex-production manager, who helped organise the event, said: “I started work here in 1964 and I’ve seen people today who I first met then.

“They’re all bouncing memories off each other, it’s great.”

John Hastwell, commercial manager at the mill from 1989 until his retirement in 2008, travelled up from Bedfordshire to attend the event.

He said: “I was really pleased the heritage trust has acquired the building and are going to be doing some great things to regenerate this part of the town.

“It’s a great site and I am sure there will be all kinds of things that can come out of it, museum, heritage, crafts, various school developments.

“The building goes back to about 1890, so there’s over 100 years of history of milling flour, which is part of probably 2,000 years of milling that goes right back to Roman times.

“It’s a very important site and it’s really good the heritage trust is going to preserve this building and if there’s anything I can do to help them I will.”