DIAL R for renovation as two out of service Saddleworth telephone kiosks are about to receive a new lease of life.
Tony Simpson, landlord of the King William IV pub in Greenfield is already engaged restoring one of the village icons to its former glory.
The derelict, de-commissioned box, situated outside the ‘Bill’ on Ladhill Lane, has been stripped down, re-painted in traditional ‘currant red’ and the old perspex windows replaced.
However, customers who have enjoyed one for the road still won’t be able to ring for a taxi as the proliferation of mobile devices has removed the necessity for a replacement phone.
Instead, it is intended the kiosk will be used as a local tourist information point.
Work will also start soon on the kiosk outside the Royal Oak at the Heights in Delph after Saddleworth Parish Council provided repair kits to refurbish the interiors and exteriors.
A third box at the Swan at Dobcross has now been adopted after the Parish Council signed an agreement with Marston’s Brewery whose land it stood on.
And a fourth kiosk, previously restored on Ladcastle Road in Dobcross, is now also owned by the Parish Council. Both will house defibrillators for public use.
Greenfield’s renovated box stands alongside the previously repainted George VI post box and is part of a revamp for the exterior of the ‘Bill’, which was recently named in the 2016 CAMRA Good Beer Guide.