Open day to celebrate town’s heritage mill

Members of Castleford Heritage Trust.
Members of Castleford Heritage Trust.
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Volunteers, residents and budding historians are being invited to explore Castleford’s former flour mill at an open day this weekend.

Castleford Heritage Trust is opening up Queen’s Mill – formerly Allinson’s – on Saturday to let the public see the space before it is transformed it into an arts and heritage centre.

The open day will also serve as a thank you to volunteers and residents who helped the Trust relocate from Bridge Arts last month and get the west wing of the building on Aire Street in top shape to offer workshops, activities and coffee mornings.

Alison Drake, chairman of the Trust, said: “ The open day is a thank you to everyone who has helped us so far.

“We’re also holding it because this mill is now owned by the community. We’ve taken on a huge commitment here but we known it’s the right thing to do to save it for the town.

“A huge amount of people have helped us to make the transition from Bridge Arts, so that within a week we were up and running.”

Mrs Drake said tours will operate throughout the day giving people the opportunity to look round the mill.

She added: “We want people to come see it now, so that when they come back in a couple of years’ time they will be able to see the changes we’ve made.”

Starting at 10,30am, the open day will include stalls, refreshments, activities and entertainment from the Castleford Maypole Dance Troupe and the Victoria School of Dance.