When Peter Nicholson planned his perfect proposal to his girlfriend of two years, Bettys in Harrogate was the first place on his list.
The 65-year-oldchose to get down on one knee and ask Christine Walker, 63, to marry him in the busy cafe tea rooms, on Wednesday, also the couple’s two-year anniversary.
He said: “Christine had been saying she wanted to go to Bettys for a nice afternoon tea for quite a while. We love Harrogate and come here shopping and for days out quite regularly but hadn’t been to Bettys yet.
“We decided to go on the two-year anniversary of us stepping out together.”
Mr Nicholson met the soon-to-be Mrs Nicholson at Morrisons in Bradford where she was working.
“I saw her quite a lot,” he said.
“We always had a chat then one day I plucked up the courage to ask if she would like to go on a date with me, and she said yes. That was two years ago to the day.”
Mr Nicholson said that the couple had both been married before, adding: “I didn’t think this sort of thing would happen to me at this point of my life, at my age.
“But I have fallen absolutely in love.”
Mr Nicholson was diagnosed with lymphoma five years ago and has undergone chemotherapy.
He said: “I’ve been through a lot in the last few years, the chemo made me very poorly but Christine has always been there and looked after me.
“It has got very serious between the two of us, that’s why I bought the ring.”
Before he popped the question Mr Nicholson admitted to the Harrogate Advertiser he was feeling very nervous.
“I hope she says yes,” he said. And sure enough she did!
Customers at Bettys burst into applause to congratulate the couple.
Christine said: “It was absolutely wonderful, it really threw me, I didn’t expect to come out of Bettys with a ring.
“And it’s a very beautiful ring and it fits perfectly so I have got no complaints.”
Mr Nicholson had called the staff at Bettys to let them in on the secret.
“I was the last to know,” said Christine, “It was such a big surprise, it had me in tears when everyone started clapping.”
Mr Nicholson said; “The staff at Bettys were all in on it, they were looking at me waiting for it to happen They were lovely and helped me plan it.”
Manager at Bettys in Harrogate, Hazel Bone, said: “We love to celebrate special occasions with our customers and a proposal such as this warms all our hearts here. We’d like to wish them much happiness.”
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