Dame Ellen launches new season

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RECORD-breaking round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur was on hand to do the honours when Heage Windmill opened for the new season.

Dame Ellen, who hails from nearby Whatstandwell, cut the ribbon to declare the award-winning tourist attraction open on Saturday.

The launch comes after volunteer Alan Gifford had been named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the Visit Peak and Derbyshire annual Excel Tourism awards.

And the Friends of Heage Windmill group, which keeps the venue running, was a finalist in the ‘Team of the Year’ category.

The windmill will now be open every weekend and bank holiday until the end of October and attractions include a vintage tractor display this Sunday.