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Up with the Gods

Flagpole jobs don’t get much bigger than this.  Surely one of the most famous churches in the world is Westminster Abbey.  The Flagpole atop the north tower on the western façade of the abbey had become ready for maintenance and required a replacement finial and halyard.    Access to this pole is incredibly difficult and only way to solve the problem was to use one of the biggest cherry picker access platforms in the Europe.  The platform topped out at 102 metres (360ft) a whopping 100ft above the abbey.  Apart from the essential maintenance work the view from the top was spectacular, towering above London’s landmarks.Flagpoles

We caused a major attraction as thousands of visitors flock to the abbey every day from the UK and overseas.  Flagpole engineers Steve Walker and Peter Ward ascended the front of the abbey and climbed to the very top of the flagpole to carry out the work. Despite the warm spring weather the temperature plummeted at the top with everybody heavily wrapped up in winter coats.

The maintenance work was completed and a test flag hoisted to check everything was in perfect order as it is likely to be many years before the pole is serviced again.  Before the access platform left for the day there was time to grab some amazing pictures which were rapidly posted online by the abbey’s official twitter feed @wabbey and a few great reminders for us of what has to be one of the most spectacular flagpole maintenance jobs we’ve ever done

If your requirement is a bit more down to earth we would love to hear from you and we’re happy to fix your flagpole, big or small where ever you are.

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Flagmakers are one of the UK's longest established flag makers, specialising in hand-sewn and digitally printed flags, all manufactured here in the UK.

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