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Red letter day for phone box

A PHONE box in Bickenhill has been adopted by the village's parish council, who felt the kiosk was an important feature of the village.

A PHONE box in Bickenhill has been adopted by the village's parish council, who felt the kiosk was an important feature of the village.

From now on the organisation will be responsible for repainting and maintaining the box - which has been on St Peter's Lane for decades.

The box was one of thousands which BT had decided to remove due to lack of use. But the phone-giant has also given councils the option to adopt their local box -minus the phone itself.

A spokeswoman for Bickenhill Parish Council said: "It only cost £1 to adopt, so it wasn't a great deal of money. We just felt that it was a part of the village and should stay where it is.

"For the annual sum of £500 we could have sponsored the box and it would have remain fully functional. However, it's not used very much and we didn't think we could justify using so much of our funds."

The K6 or Jubilee kiosk - known for its bright red colour - was introduced in 1936. Over the years the design evolved, but it was the traditional style which stayed in people's mind.

Although the parish council is not sure when exactly the kiosk was erected, it would have been at some point between 1936-1955. Red boxes can also be found in Barston, Berkswell, Knowle and a number of other borough neighbourhoods

Communities have until November 1 to decide if they want to sponsor or adopt their local box. Go to www.payphones.bt.com/adopt_a_kiosk/H TML/payphone/index.htm.

 

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