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Last Updated: Monday, 12 January, 2004, 17:38 GMT
Red telephone box gets protection
A traditional red telephone box has finally been given protection after a campaign by a group of people in Falmouth.

People in Greenbank were upset by British Telecom's plans to replace the 70-year-old box with a glass and metal model.

The phone box has now been put on the list of Grade Two protected buildings by the government.

It is the latest of the UK's remaining red phone boxes to be protected as buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

Long battle

Campaign leader Eileen Stratton, who has lived in Greenbank for 45 years, said the battle to save it had been long, but worth it.

She said: "I started in 2001 and had to get plans of the harbour and write to the government.

"People say telephone boxes are not necessary because of mobile phones, but plenty of people from the harbour use this one."

Jenny Gayle, a conservation officer with Carrick District Council, said: "It is the archetypal telephone box. The windows are typical of the 1930s. It is well designed and fits in very well with the street scene."

The cast iron boxes date from around 1935 and were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

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