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Impromptu proposal stuns Winchester theatre crowd
10:00am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Winchester
IT’S supposed to be the most romantic moment of your life.
So deciding the right time to pop the question was proving a little difficult for loved-up David Hopkins.
Having bought an engagement ring a month before, he had twice tried to propose to girlfriend Stacy Watkins. But each time the vital moment just didn’t seem right and he got cold feet – even on her birthday.
But when comedian Tom Price spontaneously picked on the couple at a comedy gala and joked about how they had been together for eight years without tying the knot, David was left with no choice.
Stacy said: “I was a bit shocked. He’s normally quite a quiet person and not the type to want to draw attention to himself.”
David, who had taken Stacy to the theatre for their anniversary, said: “She kind of laughed and cried. What was kind of strange was there was a lot of emotion, and then we had to keep watching the show.
“All the other times I thought about doing it it felt like it would have been an anti-climax.
“It was one of those things that was a bit of a blur. Then the crowd went a bit crazy for a minute.
“In a way it’s a bit of a weight off. We’ve been together so long, we’re kind of best friends really.”
Emma Stafford, press and marketing officer at the Theatre Royal, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the proposal took place in our lovely theatre. The theatre is really fitting for it, it’s such a romantic venue.”
David, 30, a social worker for Southampton City Council, has been with Stacy, 28, a drama and media teacher at Andover College, since they met in 2004 while studying at the University of Plymouth.
The love-struck couple are thinking about getting married in the summer of 2014, giving them lots of time to plan something special enough to top the proposal.