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Labour of love restores waterwheel to former glory!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Labour of love restores waterwheel to former glory! thumbnailRobert Kidd (left) from Broughshane and David Alexander from Glenarm pictured with the 10ft water wheel they have been restoring over the last few months. They are seen here tightening up the pillow block See full story and more remarkable pics page 3.

A GLENARM man has fulfilled a 25 year dream of restoring a 10 foot water wheel back to its former glory!
David Alexander enlisted the help of "amateur engineer" Robert Kidd from Broughshane to get the cast iron 10ft water wheel in working order.
Months of restoration is now almost complete and the wheel is destined for David's garden.
He believes the wheel, which was originally located at the side of his mother's house, dates back to the mid 1800s.
He took the water wheel out in 1992 with plans to rebuild it and turn it into a working model.
However, it is only now 25 years later that his plans are coming to fruition with the help of Robert.
David, who is due to retire from Michelin, has some exciting plans for the water wheel.
He explained: "I have a river running through my garden so my plan is to have it as a working wheel.
“A generator would be the easiest thing but I would love to get my hands on some flax machinery, maybe a set of flails or crampers.
“I intend to work on this during my retirement and it would be great to see the wheel driving the machinery it was intended for. It originally drove a thresher at the side of my mother's house.
“However if it wasn't for Robert this would not have happened. He is a source of inspiration."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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