Sidmouth seafront flagpole removed
PUBLISHED: 14:54 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:28 24 February 2016
Pictures: coroded and unsafe landmark removed.
Workmen prepare to remove the flagpole at Port Royal on Tuesday morning. Ref shs 08-16SH 5578. Picture: Simon Horn
A workman uses a gas cutter to slice through the flagpole in sections on Tuesday morning. Ref shs 08-16SH 5598. Picture: Simon Horn
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 5615. Picture: Simon Horn
Workmen cut through the flagpole. Ref shs 08-16SH 5643. Picture: Simon Horn
A crane lowers the now detached flagpole. Ref shs 08-16SH 5648. Picture: Simon Horn
The main flagpole is removed. Ref shs 08-16SH 5658. Picture: Simon Horn
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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