Listen to KCOM’s Call Father Christmas phone line from 1963
KCOM, then known at the Hull Corporation Telephone Department, launched its first Call Father Christmas phone line where youngsters were able to ring Santa and listen to a festive tale.
Hull FC player Mark Minichiello surprised several KCOM customers by phoning to thank them for their support during a flying visit to its city-centre offices earlier this week.
The Australian second-rower spoke to a number of delighted Black and Whites fans, who had recently watched their team play courtesy of KCOM after signing up to a new broadband package or upgrading their current deal.
Mark visited KCOM’s Carr Lane offices after helping current Challenge Cup holders Hull beat Castleford Tigers to earn a place in this year’s semi-finals.
Unsurprisingly, the impressive 32-24 victory at the KCOM Stadium was the main topic of conversation between player and supporters.
Mark said: “I had a good chat with a couple of big fans of the club so I think they were quite surprised to get a call from me. Our victory against Castleford was the main talking point for them. They were quite excited that we’ve made the (Challenge Cup) semi-finals and are looking forward to hopefully going back to Wembley.”
There was no time to waste as Mark, who earlier this month committed his future to Hull FC until the end of the 2018 season, then took over KCOM’s official Twitter channel to answer fans’ questions.
Cathy Phillips, KCOM’s chief marketing officer, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mark Minichiello to our Carr Lane offices to speak to some of our customers over the phone.
“It’s always great to have local sport heroes visit and we’re all hoping that Hull FC can overcome Leeds Rhinos in the semi-finals and then go on to bring the Challenge Cup crown back to the city again.”
Mark’s visit to Carr Lane came after KCOM teamed up with Hull FC to offer every customer two tickets to watch the Black and Whites play at the KCOM Stadium when they signed up to a new broadband package or upgraded their existing deal.
Those who signed up or upgraded before 9 June were also entered into a draw to win a player-signed Hull FC jersey and a hospitality package for 10 people at a Hull FC home game.