Black and white TV licences are in force in Bury St Edmunds

Children gathered around a black and white TV set, taken by Andy Pandy
Children gathered around a black and white TV set, taken by Andy Pandy
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Eight households in Bury St Edmunds continue to watch black and white televisions, it has been revealed.

Figures released last week by TV Licensing show the number of UK families watching black and white televisions has dropped 12 per cent in the past year.

But, according to the licences issued, eight of the fewer than 12,000 sets still in use nation-wide are in Bury.

At the turn of the millennium, there were 212,000 black and white licences issued in the UK. Figures are not available for the number issued in Bury at that time.

Mel Bugg, who runs Newlife TV, a TV repair business in the town, said he knew of a retired man living in Cullum Road, Bury, who had watched a black and white television set up until around a year ago when he supplied him with a colour one.

“There was that one in Cullum Road until about a year ago but I’ve not seen one lately,” he said, adding, “It’s marvellous how some things have lasted. Really, it’s incredible.”

Iain Logie Baird, grandson of television inventor John Logie Baird, said ‘there will always be a small group of people who prefer monochrome images, collect vintage sets or don’t want to throw away a working piece of technology’.

The cost of a black and white TV Licence remains frozen at £49 until the BBC Charter Review in 2016. If a recorder is connected to a black and white TV then a colour TV Licence is required. A colour licence costs £145.50.

A TV Licence is needed if you are watching or recording programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV.

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