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Saturday 20 September 2014

Passengers in tears as man proposes

Published 25/07/2014 | 16:04

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Neil Lilley proposed to his girlfriend at Stansted Airport

Passengers at Stansted Airport were left stunned when a man paid homage to Love Actually by getting down on his knee to propose to his girlfriend.

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Neil Lilley, 34, from South Wales, met Sally Bruce, 32, from Chester, when they were both working at the ambulance service.

When Neil got offered a job in New Zealand, Sally decided to go with him even though they had barely been dating a year.

It was at the airport as the couple were about to embark on their new journey together that Neil got down on his knee to propose, leaving fellow passengers in tears.

Neil chose Chloe Swaby and Adam Bourne of upcoming duet AcoustiK to help him serenade his love and he used an iPad to tell Sally how he felt before popping the question.

Neil said: "It's been a crazy few months with Sally applying for jobs (which she's now got), selling cars, moving homes... And before we left the UK I wanted to start our journey with something special for the person who I always want to have by my side.

"I wanted to do something that would blow her away as she means so much to me. She always has her finger on the pulse, so I knew it was going to be tough to arrange and it definitely was.

"As for the iPad, it was bit of a last-minute thought. There was so much I wanted to say to Sally but I also wanted her to be able to listen to the song playing in the background, plus, if I'm honest, I would possibly have messed it up if I just stood there talking.

"I was able to say everything I wanted to and tell her how amazing she is.

"Sally was so shocked and didn't have a clue what was going on. It was perfect and even more perfect that she said yes."

The couple are now well on their way to their new life in New Zealand, but plan to return to Europe to tie the knot.

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