A Burnley woman has been celebrating a jackpot “win” at bingo – after her boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed to her.
Sharon Harrison took home a more valuable prize than she was hoping at the town’s Gala Bingo when brave Craig Hughes (28) asked for her hand in marriage.
Surprised Sharon, who was celebrating her 30th birthday on the night, had no idea Craig was hiding a diamond ring and was going to pop the question. Luckily for him, she said “yes” immediately.
“It was a very romantic moment, but I had no idea whatsoever. I was totally shocked,” she said.
The couple live in Raglan Road, Burnley and have been together almost a year. Craig said he felt the moment was right to get engaged.
He said: “Sharon enjoys going to the bingo with her dad, Stephen, on Thursday evenings. As she was celebrating her 30th that night, I decided to go along too, as well as our 20 family and friends who all knew that I was going to propose.
“I warned Sharon that her name was going to be called out during the draw to walk on stage to collect a box of chocolates for her birthday. Once she had collected the chocolates, I was invited on stage and I could see Sharon’s face going bright red.
“I got down on one knee and said: “I know you spend Thursdays with your dad, but I wanted to make today special by proposing to you. Will you marry me?” At that moment I was feeling very nervous, but she didn’t make me wait and said yes straight away!”
He added: “It was such a special moment. Everyone was happy for us and applauding. We even received a free bottle of Champagne from Gala Bingo!”
Chris Jolley, deputy manager at Gala Bingo, Burnley, said: “Thursday evenings is one of the busiest sessions of the week so it was a great atmosphere and everyone loved it. I have worked here 18 years and never witnessed a marriage proposal. This was the first of its kind and it was lovely.”
Craig and Sharon plan to save up and get married in a few years time. Sharon, who is a charity volunteer, added: “It was the best birthday present ever and I will always remember this moment.”