Staff at a scenic tramway played Cupid to enable a man make a romantic proposal to his girlfriend.
Neil Martin, 29, of Chester, wanted to recreate the scene where he and girlfriend Laura Barclay, 31, had spent their first date four years ago.
The couple, who met when both worked at Chester University, had taken a walk on Llandudno’s Great Orme and during it sat on a bench next to the Orme Tramway with spectacular views over the resort.
“We had our first date in June 2010. We drove to Llandudno and had a walk on the Orme and sat on this bench by the trams which had a fantastic view.
“I wanted to take her back there to propose, so got in touch with the tramway to see if it was possible to put a banner on the side of a tram asking Laura to marry me,” he explained.
Unfortunately the tramway closes from the end of October through to March, but when marketing officer Julie Jones took Neil’s call she decided to pull out all the stops to make his dream come true.
“The tramcars have been taken apart for the essential winter maintenance that takes place each year.
“I asked if he could postpone the proposal until we reopen but he wanted to do it last Sunday.
“There are several benches up the Orme so eventually, following his description, we determined which bench it was.
“He wanted a bouquet of flowers and decorations putting on the bench ready for Sunday but was worried about how he would get the flowers there and how they would fare in the recent weather we’ve been having.
“I told him that we would be only too happy to help and I recommended a local florist to him and the flowers were delivered to my house on the Saturday. He chose cream roses.
“I received a text from Neil on Sunday morning to say he’d be at their special bench at 1pm therefore I went up the Orme at 12.30pm and placed the flowers on the bench.
“I hung around to make sure the flowers weren’t pinched and was actually a bit worried because the Orme goats were getting quite close and I know they have a penchant for roses,” laughed Julie.
Luckily for Neil, Laura accepted his proposal.
“At first she thought there were flowers on the bench in memory of someone who had died, but when I went down on one knee asked her to marry me and presented her with a ring, she burst into tears and said yes,” he smiled.