A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed in a former telephone box in a village near York.

The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Barbara Boyce, formally launched the life-saving equipment in the old box outside the Black Horse pub in Wigginton.

The ceremony was attended by a number of local residents including parish councillors and parish clerk David Geary, who led the defibrillator project.

The Lord Mayor said the device could make all the difference for someone who was taken ill.

She thanked people and organisations who had provided help, advice, money and time, including BT for the box, Ei for the land, Crombie Wilkinson solicitors for legal work, Community Heartbeat for providing equipment, advice and training to volunteers, CS Electrical for new wiring and lighting, local decorator M Bonney for re-painting the box and Wigginton and Haxby Ward Committee for funding.