Wednesday 28 September 2016

Glasto proposal hits the heights

Published 25/06/2015 | 13:36

Ben Keating surprises his partner Beth Ryan by proposing to her at Glastonbury
Ben Keating surprises his partner Beth Ryan by proposing to her at Glastonbury
Mark Goddard and Jane Shannon following his proposal to her at the Glastonbury Festival
Ben Keating and his partner Beth Ryan
Mark Goddard proposed to Jane Shannon during the Glastonbury Festival

A woman has agreed to marry her partner following a proposal with a difference at Glastonbury Festival.

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Jane Shannon, 45, said yes to Mark Goddard, 43, after he took her to the top of a viewing tower while his friends unfurled a huge "marry me" banner a couple of hundred yards away.

Ms Shannon, who had to be persuaded to scale the Ribbon Tower in the Park area because she is afraid of heights, said she had no idea the romantic gesture was about to happen.

Moments after the proposal she told the Press Association: "I was just looking out over the hill and I saw the sign. When I turned around, Mark was down on one knee."

A wave of cheers echoed around the festival after revellers realised what had happened.

When the couple, from Chester-le-Street in County Durham, reached the bottom of the tower, Mr Goddard beamed: "She said yes!"

He said he had been planning the proposal for around a year and bought the ring months ago, but h is plan was scuppered six times yesterday when the Ribbon Tower was closed every time they tried to climb it.

The IT worker said he created the 11-metre banner - which read "Jane I love u. Will u marry me xx" - at a friend's garage instead of going to work last week.

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