Stoke Bruerne raised the flag for St George’s Day this week when the village flagpole was brought back into use after 20 years.
The hinged flagpole became unusable after telephone lines installed across the canal made it impossible to drop it down. The last known item to fly on the flagpole was a pair of ladies outsize bloomers with a British Waterways logo on them hoisted as an April Fool’s joke in 1992.
BT engineers came out to re-route the telephone cables after village resident and member of the Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership, Kathryn Dodington, mentioned the problem to BT after calling about another matter.
Pictured, left to right, is Rob Westlake, volunteer, John Highmore, Canal and River Trust, Kathryn Dodington, Colin Richards, Openreach, David Blagrove and Helen Westlake, Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership.