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Mumbles 'Big Apple' landmark reopening following crash

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The Big Apple kiosk in Swansea has re-opened

A seaside landmark which was badly damaged when a car ran into it last year is reopening.

The seaside kiosk in the shape of a giant apple has been a popular feature at Bracelet Bay in Mumbles, Swansea, since the 1930s.

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

But its owners, John and Bert Bollom, who also run Mumbles Pier, commissioned a repair plan and the "Big Apple" reopened on Tuesday.

Assembly health minister and Gower AM Edwina Hart cut the ribbon at the kiosk before handing out free apples.

Some 27,000 people had joined an online group calling for the kiosk to be restored.

Father and son John and Bert Bollom with Edwina Hart AM at the Big Apple's reopening
Owners Jon and Bert Bollom with Edwina Hart AM

Many of those who signed were people from around the world who had visited Mumbles or once lived in the village.

The snack bar dates back to the 1930s and was originally built to promote a cider drink at sites across Wales and the south west of England.

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

The landmark will continue to sell snacks and seaside essentials such as buckets and spades.



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