Otterton Mill celebrates reopening after October floods

PUBLISHED: 13:58 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 09 April 2010

OTTERTON Mill had plenty to celebrate at the weekend when it held its annual Christmas fair.

OTTERTON Mill had plenty to celebrate at the weekend when it held its annual Christmas fair.

The festive event coincided with the reopening of the mill - where owners Caroline and Simon Spiller welcomed back their loyal customers after they were forced to close their doors when severe flash floods engulfed the mill at the end of October.

Since then Mr and Mrs Spiller and their staff have been working around the clock drying out the mill ahead of the Christmas period.

Mrs Spiller said the flooding had proved tough for the mill - because many of the staff had been temporarily laid off while the clean-up took place.

"We are delighted to be back in business. We saw a lot of old faces coming through and quite a lot of new faces.

"We were devastated when the floods hit. We were half way through the October half-term and we had a fairly good week.

"We had a music night and two full booked restaurant evenings.

"What was particularly devastating was that we had to temporarily lay off our staff, which was difficult and hard on them.

"Our purpose was always to get the business open as quickly as we could. We were told two months by the experts but we managed to in a month. We worked around the clock to make that happen.

"The response from customers has always been wonderful. Our staff have been great as well. They have been very loyal and we are pleased to have them all back.

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