Brewery brings back Sheffield beer after famous ‘will u marry me’ graffiti removed

A Sheffield beer has been brought back to mark the removal of Sheffield’s most famous piece of graffiti.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 10:25 am

Since being sprayed onto a footbridge at Park Hill in the early noughties, the ‘I love you will u marry me’ proposal has been celebrated in art and song and become prt of the city’s history.

Developer Urban Splash confirmed last week that the words had been removed to allow essential repair work on the bridge to take place as part of the estate's ongoing renovation but said it would be replaced.

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Thornbridge Brewery's I Love You Will U Marry Me beer and the graffiti marriage proposal at Park Hill which inspired the drink (pic: Thornbridge Brewery)

Its disappearance – albeit temporary – has been mourned by the likes of singer Richard Hawley, Pulp drummer Nick Banks and Doncaster artist Yungblud, who immortalised the proposal in one of his songs.

Now Thornbridge Brewery has announced it is bringing back its strawberry blonde pale beer which was named after the lovesick message

“In light of the sad news that the ‘I Love You Will U Marry Me’ graffiti has been removed, we thought it would be the right time to announce the one-off return of the beer with the same name!” it said.

"The iconic beer will be released in early June to Thornbridge Beer Club members initially, with further roll-out shortly after. 100% of the profits will be donated to @SheffieldMind.”

Urban Splash, which had illuminated the graffiti in neon, said the message would be replaced in exactly the same place ‘in consultation with all concerned’.

Sadly, the story of the graffiti didn’t have a happy ending with the couple breaking up three months after it appeared and the woman for whom it was written tragically dying of cancer aged just 30.