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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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'Marry me' flash mob hits the streets of Carlisle

It is a moment she will never forget.

Flash mob proposal couple photo
Victoria McAuley and Dean Lamonby

When 24-year-old Victoria McAuley left the house on Saturday afternoon she thought that she was heading into town for a day with her mum and sister. Little did she know that boyfriend Dean Lamonby had more elaborate plans for her.

Romantic Brampton Skip Hire worker Dean, 33, had arranged for her to be outside Carlisle’s Old Town Hall where he organised a massive 70-strong crew from Dancerz Cumbria to form a flash mob to Bruno Mars’ Marry You.

After finishing the mass dance she was pulled from the audience, where Dean emerged from among the dancers, roses in hand, and dropped to one knee before popping the question – to which a blushing Victoria accepted.

Afterwards, a relieved-looking Dean said his plans, which took about a month to come to fruition, were hard to keep a secret.

“I was a bit nervous, I’m still shaking now but I was all right beforehand, this has been brilliant,” he said. “All of our family and friends were in on it. I was about 99.9 per cent sure that she would say yes.

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“It is just something different I suppose. We have been together about 15 months, her mum and my mum are friends so we’ve known each other all our lives.

“I’m absolutely chuffed to bits; the luckiest man in the world.”

A huge crowd gathered in the city centre to see the couple from Harraby, Carlisle, with videos of the unique marriage proposal getting thousands of views online.

After catching her breath, Victoria told the News & Star that she had no idea what Dean had in store for her.

“I had absolutely no idea at all, I just thought I was out for a girly day with my sister and mum. We had talked about getting married but I didn’t know he was going to do this.”

She continued: “When I saw all the people I thought something must be going on here, so I stood at the back.

“I’m not sure about the wedding plans yet but I would like a big family one.”

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