A newly-appointed miller, who works in Britain's only operational tide mill, has bagged what could be one of the UK's rarest jobs. Roselle Chen reports.
REPORTER: A graduate has bagged what could be one of the UK's rarest jobs after being appointed the role of miller at the only operational tide mill in Britain. The unusual role at Eling Tide Mill in Hampshire requires the successful candidate to produce flour at the 900-year-old site, which is part of a heritage center that was once owned by the King of England. The mill grinds wheat into wholemeal flour using the power of the tide. History graduate Matthew Painter was appointed to the coveted role, and said he felt "privileged."
MATTHEW PAINTER, TIDE MILLER: "I was going against people with mechanical backgrounds and obviously my only background is history so I feel very privileged to get it, and lucky that they've ... well ... they were going to take a chance on anyone who was going to get the job, but they've taken a chance on me, so I am very happy about that."
REPORTER: Chief Miller David Plunkett has worked at the mill on a voluntary basis for 40 years since it was restored in the 70's.
DAVID PLUNKETT, CHIEF TIDE MILLER: "You need to be adaptable. You need to be good working with your hands and like working as something that's inherently different than almost any other job you could possibly think of."
REPORTER: Approximately 16 tonnes of flour is produced at the site every year.
If you bag something, you get it before other people take it. • I managed to bag us a table by the window. Of course, this being a Reuters video, there's a play on bags of flour.