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Windmill sails taken off for work

Windmill sails
The sails were taken off the windmill for repair work

The first two sails on a two centuries old working windmill have been taken off as a major refurbishment gets under way to safeguard its future.

Skidby Mill near Cottingham in East Yorkshire was built 178 years ago and now the roof and sails are being removed as experts carry out repairs.

Millwrights, who inspected the building earlier in the year, found some roof timbers and part of the tailfin rotten.

The work is expected to take about five months to complete.

A large crane has been brought on to the site to lift the roof and heavy sails off the mill.

These are being lowered to the ground and repairs carried out at the site.

Renovators believe the complete restoration of the mill could be finished by February 2009.

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