A marriage proposal hit just the right  note at Cineworld in Chester.

Hospital laboratory manager Alan Shaw considered climbing mountains to proclaim his love  for his girlfriend but instead chose to enlist the  help of almost 40 musical woman  – A Handbag of  Harmonies choir.

Alan, of Ashton Hayes, chose Cineworld to pop  the question as this was the venue of his first date  with girlfriend Annette Barlow, who lives in Tarporley.

He said: “We have been together seven months  and have both been married before.  When we met  it was like we had known each other for years and  I felt that Annette deserved something memorable.

“My daughter Gemma said that I wasn’t ‘to let  this one go’ so I knew I had to arrange something  special.”

Gemma put together a video of places with  special meaning for the couple, including the Swan  in Tarporley and the Pheasant Inn in Burwardsley,  to look like cinema adverts and Alan contacted the  team at Cineworld to see if they would help out.

He said: “It was like a military operation!  Annette thought she was just going to watch Now You  See Me.”

Alan, Annette and Gemma sat down to watch the  ‘adverts’ which ended with a video of Alan asking  Annette to marry him.

“She was gobsmacked,” said Alan.  “Lost for  words – and then she shouted Yes! to the screen,  not to me!

“I turned to her and said: “It’s not finished yet.”

The choir, who had all been sitting in the front  rows of the cinema, all stood up and sang the Andy  Williams’ favourite Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

A Handbag of Harmonies choir at Cineworld in Chester to help Alan Shaw propose to his girlfriend Annette Barlow
A Handbag of Harmonies choir at Cineworld in Chester to help Alan Shaw propose to his girlfriend Annette Barlow
 

Alan and Annette will marry on June 28 next  year at Pryors Hayes Golf Club.