Volunteer dies in “tragic accident” at Heckington Windmill

Pete Lett at a Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. EMN-180226-132927001
Pete Lett at a Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. EMN-180226-132927001

A volunteer worker at Heckington Windmill has died yesterday (Sunday) in what is being described as “a tragic accident”.

The mill has posted on its Facebook page that it has suffered a “very sad loss” of 53-year-old engineering volunteer Pete Lett.

Floral tribute left on the gate of Heckington Windmill, after the death of volunteer Pete Lett in an accident. EMN-180226-134555001

Floral tribute left on the gate of Heckington Windmill, after the death of volunteer Pete Lett in an accident. EMN-180226-134555001

Emergency services were called to the incident yesterday.

The mill’s statement goes on: “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.”

It states that Mr Lett leaves a wife Ann, who is a Minister in the Sleaford Methodist Circuit, and two daughters Rebecca and Catherine.

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

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman confirmed the incident was reported to them at 12.49pm on Sunday.

She said: “A man, aged 53, died in an incident in the engine shed next to the mill. The air ambulance attended along with the police.

“It is being treated as an industrial accident and details will be passed to the coroner. Investigations will be completed by the Lincolnshire County Council Health and Safety Executive Team as it is a private run tourist attraction.”

There have been comments of condolence on the post from other local windmill groups.

James Waterfield of Maud Foster Mill in Boston writes: “We were so sorry to hear of this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with Pete’s family and the mill volunteers.”

Stephen Potts from Holgate Windmill adds: “Very sorry to hear this news, condolences from all at Holgate Windmill.”

And Lee Evans says: “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.”

There were many other outpourings of condolences including Steve Doane of neighbouring Eight Sail Brewery which shares the mill site at Heckington: “RIP Pete. A great guy. Condolences to his family and all at the Mill,” he says.