Marriage proposal on summit of Mount Snowdon

James Dunbar proposes to Abby Ingham at the top of Mount Snowdon (s)
James Dunbar proposes to Abby Ingham at the top of Mount Snowdon (s)

A Burnley woman who climbed one of the UK’s highest peaks in memory of her aunt who died of cancer received a welcome surprise at the top – a marriage proposal.

Abby Ingham (23) immediately said yes after boyfriend of 20 months James Dunbar (28) popped the question.

James Dunbar and Abby Ingham (s)

James Dunbar and Abby Ingham (s)

The couple, from Lowerhouse, had arranged to climb Mount Snowdon, Wales, with a group of James’s work colleagues. But, unbeknown to his future wife, James had planned the proposal, even asking her dad’s permission.

James, who works for Daisy Communications, Nelson, said: “Before the climb Abby was joking she could do it blindfolded so that’s what I did. I got to the top 30 minutes before her and, as she got nearer, asked her to put on the blindfold. When she took it off at the top I was down on one knee. She said yes straight away thankfully.”

James had told two work colleagues on the trip what he was planning and his team leader Fran Perry brought a bottle of champagne to toast the news at the summit.

The couple raised £600 for Cancer Research UK in memory of Elaine Ingham, who died from cervical cancer in Pendleside Hospice in April.

The couple plan to marry in Paphos, Cyprus, in 2016.

Abby said: “Elaine was very fond of James and, if she was with us now, she would be over the moon. The proposal was perfect as I felt she was involved and felt like it was a tribute to her. It was the best day and first time I have properly smiled since her passing.”