Just flagging this one up – we’re replacing the flagpoles….

Plymouth Hoe promenade is to get a new set of flagpoles.

Weather beaten and wind-worn flagpoles are to be removed from the Hoe and a total of 18 new ones put up.

Over the years flags have helped add colour and a sense of occasion to key events on the Hoe, but now work has started this week to take down the old flagpoles and prepare the ground for new ones to be installed.

The new poles will be white, 10 metres tall and erected in the same place. As they are hinged, the poles can be serviced and flags changed without using a cherry picker.

Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet member for Streetscene and the Environment said: “When people think of Plymouth they think of the Hoe. Not only is it popular with our residents, visitors in their thousands flock to it every year.

“The flags are very much part of the spectacular view and the 18 flagpoles represent not only the city and our events, but our relationships with other cities.”

The new poles cost £27, 200, but because they are hinged, will save the cost of paying for a cherry picker every time the flags are changed, he added.

When installed, the new poles will have new flags flying over the summer including St George’s Cross, the Dutch flag and USA flag to commemorate the upcoming Mayflower 400 celebrations.