Red phone box sold for £1 to stay in Abermorddu

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Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A VILLAGE has saved a piece of history by buying its red telephone box for £1.

Hope community councillor Alan Parry suggested taking on the kiosk on Wrexham Road in Abermorddu, which decades ago had allowed him to keep in touch with his future wife.

At a meeting of the community council, which covers Abermorddu and Caergwrle as well as Hope, chairman Cllr Peter Pemberton said members wanted to save to preserve a treasured landmark.

Clerk Alan Rushton announced a sale agreement document had been received from British Telecom. 

Members voted unanimously to accept the firm’s offer and take the red box over for the sum of one pound inclusive of VAT.

Later, Cllr Parry said he hadn’t wanted to pass up the chance of securing the phone box for the community. As a young man, Cllr Parry lived in Buckley and his future wife lived in Abermorddu, “50 yards away from the phone box”.

“In those days there weren’t mobile phones,” he said. “Before we married, my wife and I kept our relationship going through that phone box. Those were the days when you used to queue up. Eventually we’d get to talk to each other.”

Cllr Parry, 65, said the box had provided a vital facility for everyone and it was being saved for the whole community.

“It’s for everyone. I’m tasked with looking after it but I’m happy to.”

Cllr Parry plans for the old box to be given a fresh coat of paint.

“It’s getting quite sad and neglected at the moment and you need to keep these things right,” he said. “They were brilliant things. They’re iconic.”

The kiosk is due to be disconnected from the telephone network shortly and will become the responsibility of the council for maintenance and security.

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