One of Blackpool’s most famous landmarks is to get official recognition as a heritage gem.
A Blue Plaque is to be unveiled next month on Little Marton Windmill – one of the first sights to greet people arriving in the resort from the M55 motorway.
The windmill was built in 1838 by John Hays for grinding corn, and worked until at least 1923. It was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage in 1983.
The Friends of Little Marton Windmill have been calling for a Blue Plaque for around 10 years, with support from Blackpool Civic Trust and its president Elaine Smith.
Shirley Matthews, of the Friends group, said: “It is more than 10 years since I personally have banged on about the mill being recognised as part of Blackpool’s Blue Plaque Heritage Trail.
“The friends over the years have worked as a team maintaining the mill and bringing new child-friendly displays to importantly showcase our industrial heritage.
“We work hard in all weather, so this Blue Plaque is the crowning glory for us all.”
The windmill was dedicated to Mrs Matthews’ grandfather, published poet and historian Allen Clarke, by the mill’s last owner Cornelius Bagot, who wanted to give the writer a lasting memorial.
Over recent years substantial amounts of cash have been invested in preserving the council-owned windmill.
In 2011, £20,000 of council ward budget funding went towards urgent repairs to timber floor joists, window frames and doors which were rotten.
In March 2008, one of the mill’s sails was ripped off during a storm and was replaced at a cost of £7,000, which was covered by council insurance.
The council is paying for the Blue Plaque, which is due to be unveiled on March 1.