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“Call Father Christmas” service

Hull Telephones (now KCom), 35-37 Carr Lane, HU1 3RE

In 1952, Hull Councillor J.M. Stamper heard a recorded message service in Scandinavia, and came up with the idea of a “Call Father Christmas” telephone service; soon after, the service was launched. It was the first service of its kind in the UK, in which children could ring a Hull telephone number and hear recordings of a Christmas story and carol singing. Hull Telephones employees wrote and performed the stories, and the first story attracted 20,000 callers. In the following year, after national and international media coverage, there were 35,000 callers. This success led to other similar services, such as Bedtime Stories, Teledisc and Telechef.  


Carnegie Heritage Centre

Carnegie Heritage Centre Ltd, 342 Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 6JA – Registered Office. Registered Charity Number 1131585

Monday 1.30 until 3 pm – Family history help desk with the East Yorkshire Family History Society

Tuesday 9.30 until 3 pm – Open House - pop in and see us with your queries or research

Friday 9.30 until 3 pm – Open House again

Telephone: 01482 561216 e-mail: enquiries@carnegiehull.co.uk

This project is funded by the generosity of Lottery players. Without those who play the Lottery, this and many other projects simply wouldn’t be possible. Thankyou.


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