Lion Foundry’s place in musical history is a phone call away

A sharp-eyed Herald reader has spotted a piece of Kirkintilloch in one of the world’s most famous music venues.

Jack Muldoon was visiting the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles performed a remarkable 292 times between 1961 and 1963 before achieving global fame.

The club now houses memorabilia from its glory years, including a traditional red phone box which sits alongside a display of Beatles guitars.

Knowing what to look for, Jack checked the back of the box and found that it had been made in Kirkintilloch by the Lion Foundry.

And there’s every chance that the phone box has had a fair few famous people through its doors.

Jack said: “I always check for Kirky phone boxes wherever I go and was pleased to see that this one came from my home town.

“I spoke to one of the people at the club who said that it had been a fixture right back to the time when the Beatles played the club.

“It’s likely that John, Paul, Ringo and George all used it.”

It’s not the only interesting remnant of Kirkintilloch’s past that Jack has uncovered recently - he also fund a Lion Foundry box being used as a library in a small English village called Purton Stokes during a recent weekend visit.

If you’ve spotted a Kirkintilloch phone box on your travels make sure you take a picture of it.

A Facebook page and Flickr site have been set up by enthusiast Danny McFadden to collate them - search for ‘Lion Foundry Challenge’.