The Union Jack flag may be absent from Budleigh Salterton’s Armistice service this year because the town’s seafront flagpole is broken and cannot be lowered.
The seafront flagpole has been temporarily fixed to display the flag of Saint George but the interim repairs mean once it is lowered to make the swap to fly the Union Jack, it is unlikely to lift up.
East Devon District Council said it is looking into using a nearby flagpole so the town can display the Union flag during Budleigh’s service.
An EDDC spokeswoman said: “While the flagpole has been fixed temporarily, it is essentially out of commission which is very unfortunate.
“A new flagpole has been ordered but we do not have a confirmed delivery date.
“The council is exploring alternatives for a nearby flagpole to be used instead for the raising and lowering of the flag at the Armistice service.”
Budleigh Town Council clerk Jo Vanstone said metal bolts securing the flagpole to the ground had sheared off, preventing the flagpole from being lowered or raised.
She said a temporary fix had allowed the town to display the flag of Saint George but if the flagpole was lowered to swap flags, it may not raise again.
Mrs Vanstone said: “Once they take it down, they may not be able to get it back up again.
“It’s bolted to the ground and it folds down. A couple of the bolts have sheared off so we are waiting for a replacement.”
Budleigh Town Council said it hoped a damaged post on the town’s war memorial, at the junction of Coastguard Road and Marine Parade, will be repaired before Remembrance Sunday.