OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: March 10, 2020
Webpage updated: June 27, 2020

        

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CIVIC FLAGSTAFF

The base of the Civic Flagstaff in Plymouth.

The Civic Flagstaff in its original position in Royal Parade, Plymouth.
From a postcard.

The civic flagstaff in Royal Parade, which at that time was outside the Civic Centre, was unveiled on October 29th 1947 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to mark the beginning of the rebuilding of the City.  The base is a replica of Drake's Drum, with his motto 'Sic parvis magna' "Out of small things great can come".

Made in the Mast House of the Royal Dockyard, the flagstaff was double the normal height and was capable of flying a 4-metre (12 feet) sized flag.

The base of the Civic Flagstaff clearly showing the replica of Drake's Drum
and the inaugural plaque.
From a postcard.

In 2002 the Civic Flagstaff was moved eastwards slightly, towards the Guildhall, to make room for the removal of the subway underneath Royal Parade and the new level area outside the Civic Centre.  The Flagstaff is now immediately outside the Guildhall rather than the Civic Centre.

After an absence of many years, the Union Flag was once again hoisted on the Civic Flagstaff on Monday June 15th 2009.  The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Ken Foster, performed the ceremony.  It will be flown only on Mondays to Fridays and will be flown at half-mast when a member of the City's armed forces are killed in action.

In the picture above, note the North compass point in the pavement, which was lost when the Flagstaff was moved nearer to the Guildhall.