The old red phone box ‘flies in’ to a future

Trying to connect you … The response of manual telephone operators years ago was recalled when a pre-war red telephone box was lifted by crane from a lorry and ‘connected’ into position near Whaley Bridge railway station car park entrance. 

The phone box moves from lorry to final resting place in heavy rain

The Gilbert Scott-designed phone box once stood in Bings Road,  When BT decommissioned it a couple of years ago, it was offered to Whaley Bridge Town Council for a peppercorn £1.  It cost quite a lot more than that to get it ready for its final journey to the centre of town where it will become an information centre.

 

Easy does it. As the rain gets heavier, the box is guided into its new base

Work creating that new role still has to be done.  At least a reasssuring red phone box is now in pride of place at the very hub of Whaley Bridge.  Well done to the local contractors involved, and the members of 4wards, the town council -created group which seeks to improve Whaley Bridge.

Susanne Lomas, town councillor and member of 4wards, takes a phone call inside the box

 

Contractor Mike Whelan shelters from the rain to make a call from the box

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