The village of Lighthorne has become the first in the UK to "adopt" its local red telephone box from BT in a bid to save it from being scrapped.
The parish council in Lighthorne, near Wellesbourne, in Warwickshire, will take over the ownership of the telephone box, ensuring it will stay in the village for generations to come.
BT devised the scheme in response to requests from councils and residents who wanted to keep their red payphone as an important part of Britain's heritage in areas where they were very rarely used to make calls.
The telecoms giant has received more than 300 applications from councils across the UK to adopt their red payphone, meaning that potentially hundreds of unprofitable red boxes across the UK that had been earmarked for removal may now be saved.
Josette Tait, chairman of Lighthorne Parish Council, said: "We are delighted to be the first parish council in the UK to successfully adopt a red payphone. Our red telephone box is a focal point for our village and is part of its overall identity and heritage."
BT also announced that Corley, near Coventry, had become the first community to "sponsor" a payphone, with the local parish council contributing £500 a year to help maintain the box and a working telephone service.
Chet Patel, director of BT Payphones, said: "We've had a tremendous initial response to these schemes and will be confirming more successful applications from local councils over the coming weeks and months."
Local councils have until November 1 to make an application to BT to adopt or sponsor a payphone. Applications can be made online at www.payphones.bt.com.
The humble red phonebox is one of the best-known landmarks on Britain’s streets.
The Kiosk No. 6, or the K6, made its first appearance in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V.
The Jubilee Kiosk, as it became known, was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who also created Liverpool Cathedral.
It survived the introduction of Nos. 7 and 8 but during the 1980s and early 1990s was frequently replaced with the modern KX 100 - 400 series of payphone booths.
Today you can buy your very own K6 for about £1,600 with a coronation crown or about £1,900 with a King George crown.