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Big Apple kiosk will not crumble

'Big Apple' at Mumbles Head, Swansea
The Mumbles' 'Big Apple' has been a landmark since the 1930s

The owners of a seaside kiosk shaped like a giant apple are confident it can be repaired after a car ran into it.

More than 27,000 people joined an online group set up demanding that the "Big Apple," at Bracelet Bay near Swansea, is not allowed to crumble.

There had been fears for its future after it was badly damaged in August.

But its owners say engineers say it can be repaired and they hope it will be selling snacks, ice cream and buckets and spades by next summer.

The landmark snack bar dates back to the 1930s and was originally built as a stunt to promote a cider drink at sites across Wales and England.

It is thought to be one of the last of its kind still in use.

Its owners, who also run Mumbles Pier, were waiting for engineers to complete a structural report.

The Big Apple
The kiosk sold a variety of snacks and seaside toys

John Bollom, managing director of AMECO, said: "Our engineers are confident that the apple can be repaired and put back into use as a novelty kiosk. We are obviously delighted with this news".

A campaign on the Facebook social networking site to "Save the Big Apple" has attracted more than 27,000 members.

Many of the signatories are from people around the world who have visited Mumbles or once lived in the village.

Mr Bollom said that although insurance assessments still needed to be completed, the indications were all positive.

He added that he would looking at a number of suggestions from the public that the structure would be safer if moved onto foreshore.

"It is definitely an option we intend to explore," he said.



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