Brit. Telephone box at Arugam Bay

How did town phone box end up on Sri Lankan beach?

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Rhiannon McDowall
30/ 7/2008

Macclesfield Express K6

AS MAXONIANS fight to save the townA?a??a??s phone boxes, one iconic red kiosk has escaped the chop…by taking root in Sri Lanka!

PrestburyA?a??a??s Tim Heath, 44, was on holiday when he stumbled across a “Whirley Road” kiosk, sitting on the south east coast of the Asian island nation A?a??a?? more than 5,000 miles from home.

He said: “I thought it was unusual to see a red phone box over there, and when I looked inside it got even stranger A?a??a?? I could see it was from Macclesfield and I couldnA?a??a??t believe it!”

Looking Tardis-like and a tad incongruous on the sun-drenched beaches of Arugam Bay, the kioskA?a??a??s poster revealed it had been taken from Whirley Road, near Beaumont Avenue.

But if BT carry out their threat to remove 15 Silk Town kiosks, itA?a??a??s unlikely they will share such a sunny fate because this box was flown out by hotel owner Dr Fred Miller for a A?A?10 bet. And itA?a??a??s uncertain if he was the real winner as it cost him a cool A?A?15,000 in post and packaging to complete the 5,418 mile journey.

Dr Miller, originally from the Isle of Man, revealed he had embarked on a mission to ship two traditional boxes to Sri Lanka in 1987 after a drunken night at the East Coast resort.

He said: “I was working for the Ministry of Defence in Hong Kong where IA?a??a??d lived since 1977 and I had a hotel in Arugam Bay.

“For all those years we didnA?a??a??t have communication and one night we were on the beach, talking about how beautiful it was, and how nice it would be to call home.

“So I said to my friends A?a??a?? I think we can organise that.”

Spurred on by the A?A?10 incentive, Fred then arranged for a military operation to fly the two phone boxes A?a??a?? one from Silk Town and another from Buxton bought at auction in Manchester for A?A?200 A?a??a?? over to Hong Kong and airlifted by helicopter to the hotel.

He said: “It was a stupid bet and we were drunk.

“But we treated it as an army exercise and told people it was a very important delivery in order to have it delivered A?a??a?? I had to pay off a lot of people to get it here.”

The telephone boxes arrived at Siam View hotel in Arugam bay within ten days of making the decision.

Fred said: “It arrived within ten days then we put our own sophisticated telephone system in and called home.”

And the Macclesfield kiosk has proven it is made of stern stuff as it survived the devastating Tsunami of 2004.

Fred said: “The Stockport box was destroyed in the Tsunami but your Macclesfield one survived! The water was about 35ft above it at one point and it got a bit damaged, but weA?a??a??ve repaired it now.”

Fertomid cost DO YOU know of any other Macclesfield landmarks that have ended up in any strange and remote places? If so contact our newsdesk on 01625 424445 or e-mail .

Sign still inside the boxSign still inside the boxOriginal location in the UKMacclesfield box in SVH Garden after Dec/2004

Photos above supplied by Macclesfield Express Newspaper, UK


1 Response to “Brit. Telephone box at Arugam Bay”

  • Verjüngungskur für Großbritanniens berühmte rote Telefonzellen
    1. Oktober 2014, 17:01

    Erste grüne Solarbox für Handy-Aufladung in London eingeweiht

    Großbritanniens berühmte rote Telefonzellen erleben eine Verjüngungskur. Am Mittwoch wurde in der Tottenham Court Road, an einer der verkehrsreichsten Kreuzungen in London, ein neuer Prototyp eingeweiht. Die Telefonkabine wurde grün angestrichen und mit einem Solarmodul versehen. Im Innern befindet sich kein Telefonhörer mehr, dafür vier Steckdosen zum kostenlosen Aufladen von Handys oder Tablets.


    Eine zweite derartige Solarbox soll im Jänner eingerichtet werden, weitere in den folgenden Monaten. Die Nutzung der ursprünglich roten Kultobjekte nahm im Zusammenhang mit dem Siegeszugs der Mobiltelefone zuletzt immer mehr ab. Die britische Telekom (BT) legte zusehends Zellen still und bot sie zum Verkauf an. Einige erlebten eine Wiedergeburt als Gemischtwarenhandlung, Ausstellungsraum oder Minipub. (APA, 01.10. 2014)

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