Friday 17 June 2011

I love you, will you marry me?

Sometimes, someone has the most brilliant idea.

The old 1960's Park Hill Flats in Sheffield are currently (amidst much debate) being renovated by the most wonderful development company Urban Splash - who have converted many large old fashioned buildings - especially here in the north, into desireable places to work, live and shop.

On the gangway between the 2 blocks at Park Hill, at sometime in the past, somebody wrote " I love you, will you marry me - see here.

Urban Splash have decided to keep this message and illuminate each letter of the writing in a neon sign - (poor photo but you get the idea here) - keeping it as a feature - read here.

What a totally inspired idea!
I shall of course be zipping into town to try and get a shot of it for you.


Janet said...

Look forward to seeing that photograph-what a great idea !

Kathy said...

Isn't that a lovely story ... it's nice to think such a huge company would have a bit of romance in their souls! Urban Splash have done some fantastic work in Liverpool too!

Lx @ Twelve said...

I watched a documetary on the estate & it was fascinating ...

This is lovely though - I hope they find the person..


Carol said...

Oh that is such a lovely story, wonder if she/he said yes.
Carol xx

Rowan said...

I'd heard that they are doing good things with Park Hill Flats, like Carol I wonder if the answer was 'Yes' and what happened to the couple:)

menopausalmusing said...

Get those shoes on, pack that camera.......... go, go, GO!

greenthumb said...

How nice for the couple I hope she said yes.

**Anne** said...

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.
Anne xx

Ray+Joan said...

How romantic, wished it had been for me.

John Going Gently said...

park hill flats....
gawd a blast from the past!
I once went to a very seedy party in one of those flats in 1994
nuff saidx=

Lisa said...

I wonder who did it. It's great it's been kept.
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Truth of Sheffield's 'I Love You Will U Marry Me' graffiti
It has been part of Sheffield's skyline for more than 10 years.
Scrawled in paint on a bridge at the city's grade II-listed Park Hill flats, "I Love You Will U Marry Me", has been visible for miles.
Now, it has neon permanence, as "an invitation to the city", by the firm restoring the flats in their 50th year.
However, many people do not know that the full graffiti declaration read "Clare Middleton I Love You Will U Marry Me", or who created it.
But, after a decade a man called Jason has come forward to claim: "It was me, I did it in April 2001.
"I leant over with a paint can as far as I could."
If they're gonna keep it, they've gotta keep all of it. This wasn't to anybody this was wrote specifically for Clare”
Jason Graffitti creator
Jason, who is not named in full, had been dating Clare for over a year, before made a public show of proposing to her, despite being scared of heights.
"You used to be able to see it from the Odeon cinema," he continued.
"I took her there, she thought she was going to see a film and I said 'I've got something to show you' and I told her to look up and she read it.
"She said 'yeh'. She thought I was mad."
However, events did not end up running smoothly and the pair did not marry, splitting up three months later.
Ms Middleton, who has since died of cancer, was going to marry Jason, according to her mother.
"At the time she was in love with him," she said. "[But] things went wrong. She did get married in the end but not to Jason.
'He was obsessed'
"He used to follow her around town saying, Clare will you marry me, she kept saying 'no'.
"I think he did love her. He was obsessed."
In June this year Urban Splash, which is re-developing Park Hill flats, announced it was going to make a permanent feature of Jason's proposal.
Ms Middleton's stepfather says he "can't believe that they've spent all this money doing up these flats up and they've left graffiti on it".
"Clare would laugh, she would think it would be funny," he said
The firm said it deliberately left off Miss Middleton's name, but Jason is not happy with the decision.
Urban Splash said the graffitti at Park Hill was "iconic"
"They can't leave one off without another, it was wrote as one purpose," he said.
"If they're gonna keep it, they've gotta keep all of it. This wasn't to anybody this was wrote specifically for Clare."
Urban Splash has described the declaration as "iconic" as well as an "invitation to the city."
However, Ms Middleton's sister Jackie, wishes "it would be taken down and washed off."
"It's a big part of Clare's story and how Clare was and how very destructive her life was," she said.
"It doesn't represent what they think they want it to represent. Other people think it'll be nice for her children to see it."
Ms Middleton was described as "chaotic", "happy", "lovely", "daft" with "problems" but despite her complicated life, which involved drugs and social services, "she loved a love story."
Jason explains why he loved her: "There was something about her. She had really deep brown eyes, it was her mystical brown eyes.
"She was such a loving person."
Ms Middleton died in March 2007.