Death – and birth – of a telephone exchange

Subscriber trunk dialling comes to Bideford

For a few minutes next Wednesday every G.P.O. telephone in Bideford and Northam will be dead. Thereafter never again will local subscribers be asked by Bideford Exchange ‘Number please’.

The changeover to subscriber trunk dialling is scheduled for 1.30 p.m.

9 July 1965 Death and birth of a telephone exchange

The new service will be officially inaugurated by the Mayor (Mrs E.J. Brown) at about 6 p.m. that day. At a reception at the Town Hall she will dial the London number of an official of the London-Bidefordian Society. Amplifiers will enable all at the reception to hear the conversation.

Gazette article 9 July 1965



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