Rotten flagpole could scupper Cromer’s plans to fly flag for the Queen’s diamond jubilee

Cromer Town Council could be unable to fly a flag to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee next year, because its flagpole has fallen into disrepair.

The pole, which stands in the garden behind North Lodge Park, needs up to �3,000 spent on it to enable flags to be flown from the top, the council heard at a meeting last week.

At the meeting, requests to use the flagpole by the RNLI for its forthcoming Lifeboat Day and by the local branch of Pride during a beach chill-out, had to be rejected because of the issue.

It is understood that the flagpole is rotting at the bottom, and that the money to refurbish it is not in this year's budget.

? Councillors postponed plans to look into the possibility of Cromer twinning with more towns.

It is currently twinned with Crest in France and Nidda in Germany, and town mayor Greg Hayman asked his colleagues to look into the possibility of links with places in other countries, like Italy and Portugal.

Members heard that councillors Hilary Nelson and Tony Nash were on a twinning trip to Nidda, and agreed to await their return so that they could report back on the feasibility of broadening the programme.

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? Members agreed to hold an 'away day - but not to go too far away.

The meeting - where councillors will talk about their aspirations and priorities for the council - will take place in the chamber at North Lodge Park.

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