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Account of an early telephone user

Right from a very small age I've always been interested in sport, particularly football, and we had a local street football team that actually got into a league. (it was) the only way we got communicated as to where we were playing each week and who we were playing. We were allocated a park in a letter; when we got that letter we then had to make arrangements to confirm the booking of the park. Now I remember on one occasion a group of about twelve of us ran the full length of two streets to reach a telephone box so that we could make a phone call. We got into it and nobody had got any money to put in so we then did the trip back, got some money, put it in, or tried to put in, and it didn't work because it was blocked up.

K6 telephone kiosk in a rural location

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Name: Alf Sawkins

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