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Map glitch names road after kiosk

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Microsoft has said a technical glitch was responsible for the unusual road name

It is a quirky landmark well known to visitors to Mumbles near Swansea.

But users of an online map service have spotted a number of roads on nearby Gower now appear to be named after the concrete Big Apple refreshment kiosk.

Anyone looking for directions to Port Eynon or other villages have found the South Gower Road has the title "The Big Apple on the Mumbles" on Multimap.

Microsoft, which operates the service, has blamed a technical glitch which it said would be put right shortly.

The Big Apple
The Big Apple kiosk is a landmark at Bracelet Bay. Photo - Jim Young

A user of the BBC news website discovered the problem while searching for Llanmorlais.

Due to the glitch sections of the A4118, the B4295 and lesser roads all have the unusual title.

A spokesman for Microsoft said it was a minor technical issue with its mapping software but that maps were updated regularly and it would be amended.

The Big Apple kiosk at the entrance to Bracelet Bay has stood near Mumbles Pier for decades - selling ice cream, refreshments and buckets and spades during the summer.

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