Since the Google Street View car visited the area (which was probably around 2009 judging by their usual dates for rural Scotland), the phone box has had its ‘Telephone’ signs redone in a nice gold and black scheme. I’m not usually a fan of meddling with the classic phone box design, but it does look quite nice.
Bressay parkrun, which Geth and I did while in Shetland last summer, is the only parkrun course I’ve run so far that has red phone boxes along the route (Highbury Fields parkrun has a couple very close by, but not quite en route). Bressay has two of them – it’s not quite beating the London Marathon’s phone box haul, but it’s still fairly impressive! Here’s the first one we photographed, which is on Gunnista Road close to the parkrun finish line.
It’s interesting to compare the Google Street View image (which is probably about a decade old – the Google cars don’t visit rural Scotland very often!) with the photo from this summer. The paint on the phone box needs a touch-up, and the nearby bench has been painted red and moved to sit next to the phone box.
What’s even more interesting, however, is comparing both images with this photo from the family archives, taken in July 1991:
The phone box was a lot more well-kept twenty-eight years ago. I suppose it was probably seeing a lot more use!
Looking at the Google Street View image, it seems that pretty much nothing has changed about this phone box (or its surroundings) in the last ten years (well, apart from the small detail of the phone inside having been removed)… which is kind of nice!