A NEW 20-foot flagpole at Saltcoats war memorial to help pay tribute to our fallen soldiers has now been given the go ahead.

An application to erect the white pole, submitted by the Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenston branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, was approved last week.

Plans state a flag will be flown for around 10 planned annual remembrance events with the pole featuring an internal halyard to prevent incidental rattling noises.

President Paul Coffey said: “Most War Memorials have flagpoles for those occasions that require a demonstration of respect by and for the community.

"Flags have been flown from the hanging basket holders and strung across the path at this site in the past.

“This may still happen, but the focus will be on the main flagpole.”

Mr Coffey revealed: “The flagpole will be white in colour, approximately six metres high (20ft) and have an internal halyard to ensure there will be no incidental noise from any ropes, pulleys or connectors.

“We envisage flags being flown on approximately 10 planned Remembrance occasions whereby the flag will be raised for 24 hours or less.

“However, there may be other special occasions when the community may wish to raise a flag.”