The Wiltshire phone box that became a village hotspot

Purton phone boxAbove: Purton’s community phone box. Photo: Siân Wildeboer, Lde

The red phone box designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott is a British icon. But they’re fast disappearing as the mobile phone lets us make a call almost anywhere. Happily, one Wiltshire village, Purton, has saved its vandalised box and brought it into the 21st century as a community communications hub and wifi hotspot, thanks to the support of local company Lde Digital Services.

Local MP James Gray officially opened the box today.

As a student in the days before the mobile phone, I spent many cold and rainy evenings looking for working phone boxes in Leicester, as I blogged in 2007. It’s good to know that they still have a role in today’s world.

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