Mike Thurlow, miller at Letheringsett watermill, Norfolk, died in his sleep on the morning of 22nd June.
He rescued Letheringsett mill near Holt mill in 1987. Not only did he bring it back into working order, he and his widow, Marion, built a thriving trade in their traditional stone-ground flour.
As pointed out by Country file (their picture), “In 2006 he won a UKTV Food Hero Award, which enabled him to buy a new pair of quartz millstones from Holland, which doubled his output.”
He was a stalwart of the Traditional Cornmillers’ Guild, having learned the trade from scratch on leaving the Royal Navy in the 1980s.