Man dies in ‘tragic accident’ at Heckington Windmill

A volunteer has died in what’s being described as a ‘tragic accident’ at Heckington Windmill near Sleaford.

The team at the windmill posted a statement on their Facebook page confirming that engineering volunteer Pete Lett, 53, had died after an incident on Sunday, February 25.

Police and other emergency teams were called to the attraction at 12.49pm on Sunday.

Pete had suffered a fatal accident in the engine shed, next to the windmill.

It is understood his clothing became caught in machinery leading to a head injury.

He was airlifted to hospital, but sadly died.

They said in a tribute: “Pete will be missed enormously for his enthusiasm and experience and most of all his kind and good nature.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and daughters.

“Pete leaves a wife Ann, who is a Minister in the Sleaford Methodist Circuit, and two daughters Rebecca and Catherine.

“This is a very difficult time for the family and the mill and we ask you to respect everyone’s privacy. Thank you.”

The incident has been referred to Lincolnshire County Council’s health and safety executive and the county coroner.

Many people have also left tributes and massages of support on the Heckington Windmill Facebook page.

Lee Evans said: “From all the committee, staff and volunteers from Greens windmill, we send our condolences to his family and to all your team at your windmill.”

Kate Davies added: Such awful news. Pete was always so kind, energetic and a pleasure to be around. [He] always made everyone smile. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to Pete’s family.”

The mill is the only surviving eight-sailed windmill of its type in the world. It is operated as a museum-style attraction on Hale Road in Heckington.

It was recently subject to a £1 million renovation project which saw all sails renewed for the first time since 1892.