Oh yes, she will: surprise wedding proposal at York pantomime

York Press: Ian Watson proposes to his partner Caroline Gibson on stage during a performance of the York Theatre Royal panto last night, as dame Berwick Kaler looks on Ian Watson proposes to his partner Caroline Gibson on stage during a performance of the York Theatre Royal panto last night, as dame Berwick Kaler looks on

ROMANCE came to York Theatre Royal when one member of the audience chose the theatre’s famous pantomime as the perfect place to pop the question.

Ian Watson, 47, joined panto dame Berwick Kaler on stage to propose to his girlfriend of seven years, Caroline Gibson.

“She said yes, thank God,” Ian said later.

“She was absolutely gobsmacked.

“She had no idea whatsoever what I was going to do, but I think she has got over the shock now.”

Ian and Caroline, from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, came to York with four friends to celebrate Caroline’s birthday on Sunday and booked tickets to Aladdin And The Twankeys yesterday afternoon.

Ian said: “One of our friends suggested going to the panto, and I started thinking this would be a unique place to propose.”

He had contacted the theatre to make plans but in the hours before the performance, admitted to feeling nervous.

“I bought the ring a couple of weeks ago and have checked it about 50 times today,” he said.

After Berwick read out the traditional birthday greetings towards the end of the show, he called Caroline and Ian on stage, after reading out Ian’s email, in which Ian said he wanted to make an honest woman of Caroline. With the ring in his hand, Ian then got down on one knee to pop the question.

The couple first met at a singles club in Melton Mowbray.

Ian said: “Caroline’s a really hard-working, straightforward girl, and I like that.

“She’s got a lot of integrity and honesty, but I think after how secretive I have been over these last few weeks, she was starting to get suspicious.”

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10:29am Sat 25 Jan 14

RingoStarr says...

What a LOVELY story!
What a LOVELY story! RingoStarr
  • Score: 10

11:56am Sat 25 Jan 14

Blimp says...

Berwick's line-up includes marriage proposal?

Brlilliant, love it! More please.
Berwick's line-up includes marriage proposal? Brlilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 6

12:51pm Sat 25 Jan 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Berwick would make a great Matron of honour at the wedding.
Berwick would make a great Matron of honour at the wedding. NoNewsIsGoodNews
  • Score: 7

9:36pm Sat 25 Jan 14

MouseHouse says...

Excellent stuff.

May you live long and love each other longer.
Excellent stuff. May you live long and love each other longer. MouseHouse
  • Score: 6

8:14pm Sun 26 Jan 14

yorkandproud says...

Congrats, but sadly this is not the way to propose marriage. My mate once did this type of thing, and his girlfriend accepted, but was really not ready. The poor girl felt trapped, and gave him the "Spanish Elbow" shortly after.
Congrats, but sadly this is not the way to propose marriage. My mate once did this type of thing, and his girlfriend accepted, but was really not ready. The poor girl felt trapped, and gave him the "Spanish Elbow" shortly after. yorkandproud
  • Score: 1

8:16pm Sun 26 Jan 14

yorkandproud says...

yorkandproud wrote:
Congrats, but sadly this is not the way to propose marriage. My mate once did this type of thing, and his girlfriend accepted, but was really not ready. The poor girl felt trapped, and gave him the "Spanish Elbow" shortly after.
Ha ha ha . Sorry. "Spanish archer". Don't drink on a Sunday evening.
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: Congrats, but sadly this is not the way to propose marriage. My mate once did this type of thing, and his girlfriend accepted, but was really not ready. The poor girl felt trapped, and gave him the "Spanish Elbow" shortly after.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha . Sorry. "Spanish archer". Don't drink on a Sunday evening. yorkandproud
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