A community who felt 'cut off from the outside world' after being left without phone access for more than a month say they're relieved normal service has finally been resumed.
Last week The Chronicle reported how homes and businesses in Ashton Hayes were at their wits end after a broken cable left them without a phone connection since the beginning of June.
The village post office, a lifeline to many elderly residents who use it to collect their pensions, had been unable to operate properly, and the lack of a working phone had left many unable to get in touch with their families.
Helen Rimmer, who runs the post office, was also not able to issue lottery tickets due to the fault, or operate the paystation is used for gas and electricity key charges.
But it appears the problem has now been resolved now the cable has now been repaired, with the community glad to feel 'back in the real world' once more.
Helen told The Chronicle: "Things are much better now, it made life very difficult for me for a few weeks, as I was virtually unable to do anything, and the things I could do would take twice as long.
"But everything is back to normal now, thank goodness."
A BT spokesperson said: “The Post Office phone service is now back up and running. The repair was completed on Tuesday of this week.
"Openreach has worked hard to replace this cable and our specialist faults team was brought in to make all the 400 individual jointings inside.
" We recognise the difficulties this has caused to the people and businesses in Ashton Hayes. It was a complex repair but it has now be completed and the village can get back to normal. Thank you for your patience.”