Fans of 80s pop band OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) are campaigning to bring back a red phone box in Meols, made famous by one of the local band’s songs.
Late last week the red phone box (photo above, taken by me in 2008) in Greenwood Road, Meols was removed (photo right by Andy Barrett) and now fans of OMD want Wirral Council to organise it’s prompt return. The public phone was the subject of the band’s song Red Frame, White Light and the lyrics included the phone’s number 632 3003. Apparently the phone received incoming calls from around the world (I’ve just dialled the number – it’s not connected).
BT in conjunction with Wirral Council have removed the phone box due to very low levels of use. It’s not the only one in the area either. Back in November I mentioned that the kiosk opposite Sandringham Avenue was pencilled-in for removal. That’s gone too.
By the way, I haven’t checked if the phone box at the bottom of Trinity Road is still there?
Many locals strongly feel that the Meols kiosk had cultural value and shouldn’t have been removed. Efforts are now underway to bring it back. My understanding is that a Friends of the Phonebox charity is being formed and an online petition is now available to request Wirral Council to bring it back. I don’t know if anyone has requested that BT do not reallocate the phone number in the meantime.
So, what do you think? Should the OMD phone box be brought back? Does it have cultural value? How about the other one by the petrol station? Is it too late? Have your say in the comments!