Canal Partnership member, Kathryn Dodington, working with BT Openreach, the Canal & River Trust and local volunteers has succeeded in getting telephone lines re-routed so a canal side flagpole could be brought back into use after thirty years of neglect.
The original halyards had been cut and couldn't be replaced because phone lines had been installed across the canal, preventing the hinged flagpole being dropped down for maintenance. On the 2nd April, eleven BT personnel, C&RT supervisors and seven volunteers saw new halyards fitted and a Union flag raised.
A special flag hoisting ceremony took place on St. George's Day (23rd April). The colourful event featured local school children from Stoke Bruerne Primary School reciting the story of St. George and the Dragon, as well as dancing on the lockside from Stoke Bruerne based Rose & Castle Morris. There was also a formal presentation of the flag by Rodney Wardlaw, member of The Royal Society of St. George before it was hoisted to pole position overlooking the canal. From now on the flag will be always flying in this corner of Northamptonshire!