Spectacular park stunt for marriage proposal

Paul gets down on one knee to pop the question to Lucy
Paul gets down on one knee to pop the question to Lucy

A romantic Lutterworth man joined 40 dancers in the middle of a park as he staged an elaborate marriage proposal to his girlfriend.

Paul Saleh popped the question to Lucy Outhwaite following a spectacular “flashmob” – a planned mass dance designed to look as though it has taken place spontaneously.

And the 28-year-old was delighted when Lucy (23), who he lives with in Lutterworth, said yes.

Paul had been secretly planning the stunt - which was filmed for posterity and posted to YouTube - for three months with the help of choreographer Becky Smith from Rugby-based Impact Dance.

The pair, together with members of the dance studio had spent weeks rehearsing a routine to the Bruno Mars track Marry You ahead of the big day in Rugby’s Caldecott Park last Sunday.

Paul said: “I had the idea of the flashmob and I knew Becky because she’s a member at Virgin Active in Rugby, where I work.

“I approached her and asked if she could help me.

“I wanted an archway that I could walk down. I was looking at different places to do it.

“Caldecott Park [in Rugby] is fantastic. It’s so lovely and with the bandstand it gave me the archway. I knew that was the place to go.”

Lucy’s first surprise in the park was seeing her parents and Paul’s family. Paul nodded to Becky and the music and dancing began. He said: “I started filming it on my phone then I gave the phone to her dad and joined in.

“A lot of people didn’t realise what was going on. It was my T-shirt that I changed into that gave it away at the end which said ‘just say I do’.

“I can’t remember what I said but she was crying and a few people in the crowd were crying. It was fantastic. It was a really good atmosphere.”

Impact Dance owner Hayley James said: “There were lots of people in the park so it made a really big impact. They are a really lovely couple.

“There was a not a dry eye in the park. It was very emotional. It was lovely to see it all come together and work.”

Paul said: “We’re going to go on holiday in a couple of weeks time and let it all sink and then we can start planning the wedding when we get back.”

He thanked Becky from Impact Dance for arranging all the dancers and the choreography, Trevor Hoyte at Caldecott Park, and Lucy for making him the “luckiest man in the world”.