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Windmill's milestone celebrated

Melin Lynnon
Llynnon mill marks 25 years since it was renovated

The only working windmill in Wales is celebrating 25 years since it was reopened as a heritage site.

Melin Llynnon in Llanddeusant, Anglesey - renovated by the county council in 1984 - produces wholemeal flour and also operates as a museum.

Pat West, principal officer for museums, heritage and archives, said the mill provides a "living experience of Anglesey's agricultural heritage".

Two days of workshops run by a local environmental artist begin on Sunday.

The mill, originally built in 1775 at a cost of £550, was severely damaged in a storm in 1918.

Anglesey council reopened the mill to promote the island's agricultural heritage.

'Traditional methods'

Lloyd Jones, 44, has been its miller for the last 10 years.

He said: "Anglesey used to be known as the bread basket of Wales, at one time the island had about 50 working windmills."

The mill today employs five people to produce stone ground, organic wholemeal flour, using traditional methods.

The flour, and occasionally bread, is sold to villagers and tourists.

"We can't guarantee a supply to bakeries because of our manual production methods - it all depends on how reliable the wind is," said Mr Jones.

Last year the mill produced five tonnes of flour.

Environmental artist Tim Pugh will hold workshops such as sculpture and drawing on 10 and 11 May. Shire horses, and possibly a blacksmith, will also be at the site, which includes two reconstructed roundhouses, a bakery and tea room.



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