'Beast of the East' knocks out work on Fulwell Mill as snow covers Sunderland

Fulwell Mill, as it stood last week
Fulwell Mill, as it stood last week
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Work to restore Fulwell Mill's sails has been delayed until next month after Sunderland was hit with a deluge of snow.

Expert craftsmen had been due to install the sails to the Grade II-listed building as the finishing touch to the restoration of the mill this week.

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The landmark building was closed to the public in 2012 after suffering severe damage at the hands of extreme weather, and its cap and sails were removed in 2015 on safety grounds - with the landmark put on the Historic England Heritage at Risk register the same year.

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Now the restoration project which would see them finally restored has been put on hold by more freak weather.

Councillor John Kelly, the senior councillor responsible for heritage and culture in Sunderland, said: "The adverse weather conditions sweeping across the country means that the scheduled work on Fulwell Mill has had to be postponed until next month.

“Works will be rescheduled in the coming weeks, when resources and the necessary machinery are available to lift the final sails into place.”

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