In April 2015, Heli-Lift Services’ Huey was used to hoist a new pole onto The Duke of Rutland’s castle in Leicestershire. The site, positioned high on a hill, overlooking 16,000 acres of woodland and farmland, is a prominent landmark of major historic importance. The castle was used as a filming location in films including The Da Vinci Code and The Young Victoria.
Heli-Lift Services’ Huey was the first, and possibly only, choice for this work because the presence of underground cellars and cavities meant that a ground based crane could not gain access to the castle without significant risk of damaging the historic site.
The operation took around 45 minutes to lift the flagpole vertically from a suitable location nearby. The experienced team were challenged to fit the new pole, handmade by Bristol Wooden Flagpoles for Ecclesiastical. The new section was made to fit seamlessly to the existing remains and they were able to reach the bottom of the new pole and secure it to the undamaged lower half of the pole.