Wednesday 19 June 2019

British man whose fiancee lost engagement ring in NYC pops question on US TV

John Drennan and Daniella Anthony were at the centre of a huge online appeal.

John Drennan and Daniella Anthony were reunited with the police officers who found their lost wedding ring on US TV (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros/PA)
John Drennan and Daniella Anthony were reunited with the police officers who found their lost wedding ring on US TV (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

A British man whose fiancee dropped her engagement ring down a grate in Times Square popped the question again after being reunited with the band on a US chat show.

John Drennan got down on one knee in New York’s Central Park to ask his partner of 10 years Daniella Anthony to marry him.

Hours later, while on their way back from a Broadway show, the ring slipped off Ms Anthony’s finger and into a pavement grate.

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John Drennan and Daniella Anthony appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after losing their engagement ring in New York (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

The couple, from Peterborough, were the subject of a mass online appeal after the New York Police Department (NYPD) tweeted a video of them desperately trying to retrieve the band.

By the time the ring was found by officers, the couple was already back in the UK. On Thursday, they appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US and were surprised by the officers who retrieved the ring.

An ecstatic Mr Drennan got down on one knee again in front of the cameras. Ms Anthony said yes.

During their appearance on Ellen, Mr Drennan told how the couple were left devastated at losing the ring but did not tell their friends and family back home for fear of putting a “negative spin” on their engagement.

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John Drennan and Daniella Anthony were reunited with the New York police officers who retrieved their engagement ring (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

Instead, a friend contacted Mr Drennan via Whatsapp, asking if he was the man in the video.

Mr Drennan said: “I was like, ‘Daniella, they found our ring, they found our ring!’

“I don’t know anywhere in the world where a police department, or two police officers – they went back the next day.”

Ellen, one of the most recognisable faces on US television, asked: “And where is the ring now?”

“Still with the New York Police Department,” Mr Drennan replied. Ellen stunned the couple and said: “That’s right, they are”, adding, “come on out!”

Beyonce’s Single Ladies played in the studio as two NYPD officers – in full uniform – walked onto the stage.

Ms Anthony shouted, “oh my God!” before covering her mouth in shock. The couple then embraced the officers, who joined them on the couch.

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John Drennan proposed to his partner Daniella Anthony on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

One of the officers handed the jewellery to Mr Drennan, who joked, “there’s no grates, anything like that in here?”

He then got down on one knee – for the second time – and asked his fiancee: “Would you be my wife?”

A tearful Ms Anthony replied: “Yes.” The officers later jokingly handed the couple a set of ring adjusters, costing eight US Dollars (£6.32).

Mr Drennan then told Ellen they were aiming for a June 2020 wedding, so they could “save up and enjoy being engaged”.

Ellen then handed the couple a cheque for 10,000 US Dollars (£7,900) on behalf of US photobook firm Shutterfly.

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