NEW FLAG POLE FOR REDCAR EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL TO DETER VANDALS
A Royal British Legion flag pole, which has been subjected to years of vandalism, has finally been replaced with a modern vandal-proof system thanks to the sponsorship of a local company.
UK Wood Recycling (UKWR) has donated £750 to the Redcar Royal British Legion so they can buy a flag pole with internal ropes to prevent vandals from cutting them and stealing the flag.
Eric Howden, a Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councillor and Redcar Royal British Legion Branch Chairman, said the donation meant the Legion could finally fly the Union Jack flag 24 hours a day, seven days a week without fear of it being stolen.
“The previous flag pole has been outside the building for many years, we believe in excess of 50 years,” said Cllr Howden. “It was an old type where the ropes ran on the outside and that was the problem, the ropes had been cut a number of times over the years.”
Last year the wife of one of the legion’s late members gave the branch funds to pay for a new flag which was to be flown permanently. But within weeks of the flag being erected the ropes had been cut and the flag stolen.
“It was particularly sad when this happened last year,” said Cllr Howden. “The flag itself had cost around £70 plus the pole would have to be taken down and new ropes fitted again at costs we couldn't really afford. We were also concerned that the ropes could be cut again, so our requirement was a new pole with the ropes running internally but we had no money for this idea.
“We are so pleased with the generous offer by UK Wood Recycling to pay for the new pole with which we intend to fly the national flag 24/7. We have many ex-service people as members, we also have people who have not served but fully support the legion and its Poppy Appeal.
“Hopefully now we have our new pole and flag it will draw attention that the legion is still very active in the area,” he added. “It is nice that companies like this are showing their support for the service and ex-service community in the area and we really are so very grateful.”
UK Wood Recycling manufactures biomass wood chip for the Sembcorp Utilities Biomass Boiler at Grangetown. The company pledged to support the local community following a fire at its site at Christmas 2013.
Last year the company sponsored the Dormanstown Gala Fun Day organised by the Ladies of Steel. It has also sponsored a kit for a youth team at Dormanstown Junior Football Club, and donated £500 to the Friends of Locke Park to plant some new flowers in the park’s rose garden.
Vicki Hughes, Business Development Director at UKWR said: “We are delighted to be able to help the local community in areas they are looking for sponsorship that will benefit the wider community.
“Following our fire in 2013 we promised we would work more closely with local residents and community groups to give something back to the community and this is what we have been doing over the past 12 months.”
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