'Adopt' one of BT's iconic red phone boxes in West Lindsey

BT are giving people the chance to ‘adopt’ one of its iconic red phone boxes and transform it into something to help the community for just £1.

More than 200 of its iconic red phone boxes across the East Midlands are up for grabs, including five in West Lindsey.

Redundant phone boxes, once a lifeline of communication before the arrival of mobile phone networks, have been transformed into everything from defibrillator units and mini history museums to art galleries and book exchanges.

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Sarah Walker, BT Enterprise unit director for the Midlands, said: “With most people now using mobile phones, it’s led to a huge drop in the number of calls made from payphones.

A book exchange is another popular re-use for old phone boxes

"At the same time, mobile coverage has improved significantly in recent years due to investment in masts, particularly in rural areas.

“We’re currently rationalising our payphone estate to make it fit for the future, and the ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme makes it possible for local communities in the East Midlands to retain their local phone box, with a refreshed purpose for the community.

Thousands of communities have already come up with a fantastic array of ideas to re-use their beloved local phone box.

"Applying is quick and easy and we’re always happy to speak to communities about adopting our phone boxes.”

Communities can adopt a kiosk if they are a recognised public body, such as a parish council, community council or town council.

For further details on how to apply to Adopt a Kiosk, go to www.bt.com/adopt where application forms and information can be found.