Gayle Mill, which sprang to national fame as the unlikely star of the BBC TV programme Restoration, will finally open its doors to the public next spring.

The team behind the £1m renovation will start holding guided tours of the revitalised mill near Hawes next Easter. It began life in the 1770s as a cotton mill before switching to flax and then wool spinning and eventually ended its first working life as a sawmill in the 1980s.

The mill, which is said to be so environmentally friendly that it is actually carbon-negative, will also be home to a modern woodworking business and surplus electricity from its water turbines will be fed into the national grid.

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