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The sail had to be mounted in pairs to prevent the 'cap' toppling off.<br />
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Octo-mill turns again...'Ferrari of windmills' is restored.<br />
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Britains only eight sailed windmill is working once again after a £150,000 restoration to repair its unique sails.<br />
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Heckington Mill has ground wheat to make flour since 1830 but it was closed down when two of its enormous wooden sails were found to have rotted. <br />
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Four years and more than 100,000 pounds were spent crafting the one-tonne, 34ft sails from the trunks of Siberian larch trees so that the historic mill near Boston, Lincs, could continue to operate.<br />
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And after a nail-biting operation to crane the old sails off and replace them with the new ones, the Grade I-listed building has been brought back to life.<br />
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Eight-sailed mills were at the forefront of milling technology and experts have described Heckington Mill as "the Ferrari of windmills".<br />
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Miller Jim Bailey, 62, hopes that with the help of the mill's new sails he can increase output to five tonnes of flour a year within the next three years.