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Southwold: Coastal town to see return of red phone box that could save a life

14:00 27 February 2014

Southwold will be seeing a red phone box soon

Southwold will be seeing a red phone box soon

A phone box is set to return to Southwold - with a twist.

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As part of a community project supported by Southwold Town Council, led by councillor Katie Flodin and town mayor Simon Tobin, the current aluminium phone box in Victoria Street will be replaced with a traditional red phone box.

However, the phone box will hold a defibrillator instead of a payphone.

The aluminium phone box was installed around 15 years ago, and has been targeted by vandals.

Mr Tobin said: “There are two advantages to having a defibrillator in the town.

“It would take out and old aluminium box that is semi vandalised. It hasn’t worked for nine months.

“And it’s very important to have a defibrillator located in the town.”

It will be the second defibrillator in the town, as one was installed at the golf club last year.

The work to install the phone box and defibrillator, including the electrics and groundwork amounts approximately to £4,000.

Mr Tobin added: “Thanks to the Southwold Sole Bay Lions, the Southwold and Reydon Society, and a number of local community people who I personally congratulate and thank tremendously for their support within the community.”

He also thanked Hales Waste, who donated a ‘huge amount’ in memory of Dick Hale.

The East of England Co-Operative are supplying the defibrillator, which costs £1,000, as part of their ‘Every Minute Counts’ campaign.

Christian Bone of the East of England Co-operative Society said since launching the £250,000 campaign in March 2013 they have installed more than 50 defibrillators, and will be installing 100 in total.

The work is due to be completed for March 11, with an official opening at the end of March.

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