Skidby Windmill is celebrating its return to full operation with a major event on Sunday, 3 and Monday, 4 May from 10am-4pm.
The event has been organised in collaboration with Hull & East Riding Breast Friends (HERBF), a charity that aims to support local people who have breast cancer.
As part of the weekend, the mill sails will be bedecked with an eye-catching display of bras (dyed pink) which have been donated by local groups. A range of family activities will also take place in and around the mill.
A number of local businesses, including Bonus Electrical (of Willerby), Marks and Spencer, Beverley Racecourse, Browns department store of Beverley, East Riding Leisure Beverley, Alexander Ellis furniture, Sewerby Hall and Gardens and The Spa Theatre, are generously sponsoring the event and donating items in kind as prizes for the fund-raising raffle, all proceeds for which will go to HERBF.
A different selection of prizes will be available each day, with the draw taking place at 3.30pm on both days. Family fun activities will be taking place on the site, including soft play equipment such as a bouncy castle.
In addition an ‘Arts for awareness’ exhibition of arts, crafts and photographs created by local artists, many of whom have been directly affected by breast cancer, will take place in the Education Room.
The event at the mill is part of a programme of exhibitions and drop-ins by HERBF, taking place across Hull and the East Riding over this year, to mark the charity’s 10th anniversary.
Further information can be found by visiting the Skidby event and picking up a leaflet.
Jane Bielby, Skidby Mill facility manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with this charity in order to promote awareness of breast cancer and to support their fundraising campaign in this region.
“It’s also brilliant that a number of local businesses and groups have come together with offers of sponsorship or provided activities/resources, to make this a fun and informative day for all our visitors.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors and others who are supporting this event.”
The mill has recently been restored to full working order thanks to repair work on the mill shackles carried out by local engineering firm, McCoy’s, and the mill is therefore able to resume grinding its own flour.
Weather permitting, it is hoped the sails will be turning for the Breast Friends event and flour will then be on sale in the mill’s shop.
Volunteers from the charity will be on hand to provide information on the organisation’s activities and services.
Keeley Donovan, BBC Look North weather presenter, will officially open the event at 1pm on Sunday, 3 May.
For further information contact Skidby Windmill on (01482) 848405.
Normal admission charges apply to mill visitors, however the courtyard event and ‘Arts for Awareness’ exhibition are free.
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