12 MAY 2014

Helen Grant MP commemorates bicentenary of Cranbrook's Union Windmill

On Saturday 10 May, Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Tourism, unveiled a plaque at Vestry Hall in Cranbrook to commemorate John Russell and celebrate the bicentenary of Cranbrook's famous windmill.

Speaking at the event, Helen Grant MP said:

"I was delighted to unveil a plaque commemorating John Russell in the bicentenary year of Cranbrook's famous windmill. I've been brushing up on my history and learning a bit about what a great man John Russell was. He devoted the whole of his working life to looking after the Mill, turning down an attractive offer from a developer in order to preserve this iconic land mark

"John sold the Windmill and land to KCC for one shilling on the condition that it was preserved and not demolished. It's a tribute to him, Kent County Council and all the volunteers that it still stands tall in all its splendour today.

"Attractions like the Union Mill are so important for Kent's thriving tourist industry. As the local MP and Minister for Tourism it's fantastic to be able to recognise and celebrate this jewel of Kent - still in full working order after 200 years!"

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