If you get the engaged tone when ringing Blackpool Civic Trust member and Community Learning Champion David Evans, it is probably because he is always on the phone.
Or, rather always on the look out for another phone.
David has saved many phones from the scrapheap for his personal collection, which has been more than 20 years in the making.
And he proudly showed Civic Trust Chairman, Joan Humble, just a small part of his array of vintage telephones now on display in the Grundy Art Gallery.
The Collections exhibition showcases a diverse, fascinating and sometimes downright zany variety of items lovingly collected by residents of Blackpool and the Fylde coast.
David says of his hobby: “I wanted to prevent old phones from disappearing into skips and dustbins.
“I have found many interesting phones in car boot sales or being thrown out when people get new ones.
“These phones look better and ring better than modern designs and can be converted to be used today.”
Mrs Humble was very pleased to see such an interesting collection by an active member of the Civic Trust on display in the gallery.
She says: “David has added preserving vintage telephones to his role in protecting our heritage here in Blackpool.
“The whole exhibition is fascinating and David’s phones are a colourful and interesting part of it.”
This major exhibition runs until January 18, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. There is a short video on the exhibition, which features David Evans and other collectors, available on Youtube if you put Grundy Art Gallery into the search box on the Youtube site.
Meanwhile, the Civic Trust has held its annual Robert Evans Mills Memorial Lecture in the Town Hall, this year delivered by local historian Barry Shaw.
Robert Evans Mills was born in Oldham in 1891 and died in Blackpool in 1950 aged 59. He had lectured on archaeology and history at both Manchester and Liverpool universities and left money in his will to fund an annual lecture to be given in his memory on the theme of the town’s development and history.
Mrs Humble says: “We were very pleased that Barry, a past chairman, past president and current vice-president, could attend again to give a fascinating and informative illustrated talk on the Winter Gardens.
“He reminded us of its important role in the development of Blackpool and its continuing importance.
“I am pleased also that deputy mayor Coun David Owen could attend as he was a founder member of the Civic Trust and is one of our vice-presidents.
“He thanked Barry for his lucid and very well-received lecture.”