SLIDESHOW: Hundreds view mill plans at open day

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Hundreds of people caught a glimpse of the progress being made to transform Queen’s Mill in Castleford into a museum at an open day.

Castleford Heritage Trust hopes to turn the former Allinson’s Mill, on Aire Street, into a heritage, arts centre and museum.

And more than 800 people turned up to see the latest plans and enjoy along live music and entertainment at an event on Saturday.

Alison Drake, chairman of the trust, said: “It was a wonderful success. We were amazed at the number of people that turned up.

“We had more than 200 people on guided tours around the mill and everyone seemed pleased with our plans.

“I think it shows that the town are staying with us in terms of what we want to do and that means an awful lot to us.”

Subject to funding, the trust hopes to open the mill up as a museum by 2017.

It will feature an arts centre, a cafe as well as a revamp of the former mill.

Mrs Drake added: “The development is all on time and it’s now a case of putting our funding bids together to move everything forward.”

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