Classic phone box needs some loving

The phone box at the top of High Street
The phone box at the top of High Street

A PHONE box is calling out to be painted according to one resident in Harborough.

The phone box, which is sited at the top end of High Street, is an original Gilbert Scott design.

Sir Gilbert Scott was an architect who designed Liverpool Cathedral, Waterloo Bridge and Battersea Power Station.

He also designed the iconic red telephone box which can still be seen in British colonies as well as around the UK.

Fred Lawrence, of Launde Park, Harborough, said the phone box in High Street, Harborough, is in a poor condition and reflects badly on the town.

Mr Lawrence said that in all his travels he has never seen a phone box in a worse state than the one in High Street, which has been in the town for many years.

He said it has not been painted for years and badly needs it.

He said he is hoping that BT will see fit to restore it to the same standard as the recently refurbished High Street.

Mr Lawrence said: “I suggest that it is as much a part of the heritage of the High Street and town as other icons and indeed should be protected. Accepting we live in a multi-media world, nevertheless this box has no doubt had its original function, not least should an emergency arise.

“I also take this opportunity to point out that Northamptonshire repainted numerous classic phone boxes recently, even painting the crown over the door in gold.

“This should have been done here as well, with The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in mind, however there is still time if there is no delay.

“A phone box can’t speak for itself but if it could it would say ‘please paint me’.”

A spokesman for BT said: “This payphone is on our schedule of works and is due to be done in the next couple of weeks.”