Monday, August 13, 2007

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Woodpeckers and rot are being blamed for the demise of a flagpole which was once the tallest in the world.

A team of steeplejacks began dismantling the Kew Flagpole in Kew Gardens, south-west London, on Monday because it is unsafe for flag-flying.

The wooden structure has already had to be shortened several times.

It entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1959, when it measured 225ft (69m). Metal flagpoles can now reach greater heights.

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