VIDEO: Lichtie lady’s leap year proposal

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A romantic Lichtie took the leap year tradition to a new level yesterday (Monday) when she proposed to her partner in a busy London train station.

Nicole Ross (27) celebrated the age-old custom of a woman proposing to a man on February 29, by popping the question to her partner of three years, Craig Mackay (31) in London Marylebone Station.

The heart-warming proposal included a flash mob choir, a tannoy announcement and even the words ‘Will you marry me Craig?’ appearing on the arrivals and departures board as Nicole got down on one knee.

The proposal was all made possible when Nicole was chosen by Two Together Railcard, which offers a third off rail travel for two people travelling together, to make her perfect leap year proposal a reality. Months of careful planning went into creating the couple’s special moment.

Nicole and Craig had travelled to London under the guise of an all-expenses paid weekend in the capital. With a busy day of sightseeing planned, they headed to Marylebone station where a ‘busker’ had started singing their favourite song – ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.

One-by-one a congregation of ‘spectators’, including station staff joined in the hit song, until it reached its crescendo and Nicole got down on one knee to reveal an engagement ring.

Nicole said: “I’ve always been one for big romantic gestures and seeing as it’s a leap year I thought why not take the next step in our relationship and do it in a way that we will both remember for the rest of our lives.

“I wanted the day to be perfect down to the last detail, from the flash mob singing our favourite song, to the celebratory announcement over the tannoy. It took a great deal of hard work and planning, but thanks to Two Together Railcard and Chiltern Railways we were able to create a really special day that will stay with us both forever.

A gathering crowd of commuters clapped and cheered as Craig accepted the romantic gesture and the couple shared a passionate embrace.

Craig said: “Nicole has never been one to do things by halves and she certainly didn’t disappoint on this occasion. We have discussed marriage in the past but for her to propose was completely unexpected – not to mention how it all took place!

“The whole weekend has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to many more adventures with Nicole in the future.”

Elizabeth Hillerby, Marketing Manager at Two Together Railcard, said: “Asking someone to marry you can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times, particularly when the traditional roles are reversed. We wanted to provide a boost for all those women looking to propose this leap year by helping one lucky lady create an extra-special proposal.

“We were thrilled to be able to make Nicole’s proposal dreams a reality and hope this will give other women the confidence to pop the question to their partners too.”

Marylebone Station is managed by Chiltern Railways, Jennifer Payne, Customer Services Director, said: “We were really happy to be able to host Nicole and Craig’s proposal.

“We’ve had some exciting events in the station over the years, including the filming of Beatles’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and a romantic scene from popular TV sitcom, Gavin and Stacey. Without doubt this has to be one of the most personal and heart-warming things we’ve been lucky enough to witness at Marylebone.”

For more information on the Two Together Railcard visit www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk