Graham to attend Grand Opening of replacement Atwick phone box
Atwick Parish Council, BT, residents, and MP Graham Stuart are joining together to celebrate the replacement of the Atwick red phone box with a Grand Opening on Friday 8 December at 4pm on the village green. Graham Stuart MP will cut the ribbon on the fully-refurbished and fully operational iconic K6 red phone box, with the twinkling lights of the village Christmas tree beside it. Residents are invited to attend.
In May a car crashed into the much-loved phone box on the beautiful village green at Atwick, destroying it. Residents were aghast when it looked like BT were not minded to replace it.
Mike Crowther, Chairman of Atwick Parish Council set to work to try to change BT’s mind and enlisted the support of MP Graham Stuart.
Mr Crowther said “The Parish Council was determined to save the village’s phone box and we called on our local MP, Graham Stuart, for help. That was the game-changer. The Parish Council is grateful to Graham for stepping in directly with BT on our behalf and getting them to agree to replace it. The new kiosk is now in place, looking very smart indeed, and we look forward to welcoming Graham and BT here on Friday to celebrate with us. I hope as many residents as possible will join us.”
Graham Stuart MP said “I was shocked to see the devastation to the phone box caused by the crash. I loved to drive through Atwick and see the handsome red BT phone box on the green, and was delighted to play a part in persuading BT to replace the destroyed one with a marvellous refurbished one. It’s going to be great to meet up with BT, Mike, parish councillors and residents on Friday to celebrate our achievement.”
Mark Johnson, BT payphones commercial manager, said: “It was inspiring to see the passion shown by local people to keep their red phone box in the heart of the community and we were pleased to help out by installing a fully restored replacement. We hope the new box will further enhance the beauty of the village.”
December 5th, 2017