This weekend marks Open Garden Weekend when backyards everywhere across the United Kingdom of Britainshire will allow snoopers, doggers and general busy bodies to have a good nose around their grounds cos English Heritage said they have to.
Some of the highlights of this year’s celebrations in Wivenhoe include the clothing bank outside of One Stop, the bins round the back of the Bakehouse and Wivenhoe Post Office, which will be opening its doors to the public for the first time since 1937.
But without doubt, the real crowd pleaser that’s sure to pull in visitors from as far afield as Wrabness, Great Notley and Ramsden Heath has to be Wivenhoe’s famed phone box.
A historic relic of huge importance to the community, the phone box serves as a timely reminder of a simpler time when everything was in black and white, cigarettes were good for you, men wore suits and women did what they were told.
Speaking to BBC 1’s Grandstand, Wivenhoe Mayor announced: “It’s going to be a real treat for visitors to Wivenhoe this weekend. Members of the public will be able to enter the phone box, pretend to start a fire where the phone book and Yellow Pages used to be, use a phone that has wire on it and savour that authentic smell of urine. History doesn’t get much sweeter than this!”