They’re as British as the Spitfire and the old Routemaster bus.
But now red telephone boxes have become such national treasures in Malta they’re to be restored to their former glory.
Initially, 11 phone boxes in Valletta are being given a fresh lick of paint and some tender loving care to bring them back to full working order.
The Planning Authority said it approved the move ‘to safeguard the iconic boxes for the future’.
The London-style phone boxes have become popular selfie spots with tourists in Malta, especially in Valletta, Sliema, Rabat, Mdina, Marsaxlokk and Victoria.
Every town and village in the Maltese Islands has at least one, usually in the main square.
Even when taken out of service, they have been put to use as cash machines, coffee booths, bars and medical rescue points.
Others in Qormi, Marsalforn and Mellieha have been turned into mini libraries to encourage children to read more.
The red telephone boxes were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 to celebrate King George V’s Silver Jubilee.
They’re not only a familiar sight on the streets of Malta and Britain, but also in Bermuda and Gibraltar.