She was with us only a short time – too short even to have taken a photograph. But if you had walked along the horrible alleyway that leads fom Austin Street onto the estate, you’d have seen her.
‘She’ was a street sign – “Sweet Apple Alley E2″ – that referred to the old days when ‘Sweet Apple Square’ stood where part of the estate and the Mildmay buildings now stand. We’d had a street sign specially made for Apple Day, and put up in the alleyway just next to the pop-up Sweet Apple Cafe.
The sign made the alleyway a little bit less threatening (though nothing except for a thorough makeover could make it better). But it gave the grim place a character and it felt a bit more friendly…
So friendly that someone decided to remove the sign and take it home with them – neatly leaving the screws that had secured it back on the wall.