The glorious return of the red High Street phone box!

The red phone box being taken away in February.
The red phone box being taken away in February.

It left the town six weeks ago on the back of a pick-up truck, probably thinking it would never see Market Harborough again.

But the High Street’s iconic red phone box is coming back - saved by Harborough District Council.

The council was furious when BT removed the phone box without any consultation - especially as the local Market Harborough In Bloom group were keen to adopt it.

Council leader Blake Pain said: “This is not what I’d expect from BT - an organisation that purports to be customer-focussed.”

And local councillor Barbara Johnson added: “Someone’s made a mistake here.”

Now BT agrees, and the box should be back within a month - as a bit of visual nostalgia; it won’t have a working phone.

Margaret Richards, from Market Harborough in Bloom Volunteers, told the Mail: “It’s good news. We want to use the phone box to advertise some of the fantastic voluntary groups in the town.”