Sidmouth seafront flagpole removed

PUBLISHED: 14:54 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:28 24 February 2016

The top section of the flagpole is lifted off. Ref shs 08-16SH 5604. Picture: Simon Horn

The top section of the flagpole is lifted off. Ref shs 08-16SH 5604. Picture: Simon Horn

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Pictures: coroded and unsafe landmark removed.

The road outside Sidmouth Lifeboat Station was closed this morning (Tuesday) while an unsafe, corroded flagpole was taken down.

The 12-metre high landmark has been recognised as an ‘important feature of the seafront’ but had become badly damaged by corrosion and is due to be replaced with a similar structure more suited to marine conditions

A weather vane that took pride of place on top of the pole will be restored and replaced on the new mast - which is due to be installed in the next two to three weeks. Crowds gathered to watch workmen use cutting gear to remove smaller top sections then the main pole from its site at Port Royal.


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