I told the foreman I hadn't been expecting such a show of strength and he said something about pulling in extra hands because it was Friday and the lads wanted to get done quickly and go home. Judging by their accents most of the gang were Welsh and home was a long way away.
We'd been warned to expect the electricity to be off all morning- from nine till two. In the event the job was done in an hour and a half.
I was asked if I wanted to keep the old pole. And I said I did. Matthew can chop it up and feed it into his wood-burning stove.