Red phone boxes deserve new lease of life – The Yorkshire Post says

EVEN in the age of mobile phones, the Sir Giles Scott-designed red telephone box remains one of the iconic symbols of Britain.

Old-fahiined red phone boxes, like this one in Harrogate, are enjoying new leases of life. Photo: Bruce Rollinson.

Instantly recognisable landmarks, and still a source of wonderment for tourists (before the lockdown), they deserve a new lease of life.

And this civic pride is self-evident as communities become more ingenious with their uses for these redundant kiosks.

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One of the latest conversions has seen the last red box on Scarborough’s seafront turned into what may be the world’s smallest heritage centre for tourists to visit.

This phone box in Harrogate has become a mini-library.

It contains archive photographs of the resort’s seafaring and shipbuilding past, and an audio-commentary which talks visitors through Scarborough’s history.

A legacy of the Adopt a Kiosk scheme launched by BT, it is ironic that there’s now scope for a directory of red boxes to visit to supplant the old phone books that have also become a victim of time.

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