A BURTON man was given a sharp shock after he discovered he had unknowingly proposed to his girlfriend - thanks to a family prank.
Leighton Vaughan, a sales executive at Pentagon Peugeot Group, in Derby Road, Burton, saw the funny side of the banner secretly hung on the footbridge over St Peter’s Bridge, on Monday, but admitted he hasn’t proposed to girlfriend of five-and-a-half years, Jade Hawkins.
He said: “While I am in a happy relationship with my partner Jade, on this occasion I am sorry to announce that it was Jade’s sister that made the statement and decided to put it up as a bit of a prank.
“While I apologise this isn’t a genuine message and just a family-laugh as intended, I have insisted the notice to be taken down and we don’t wish any disappointment to passers by.
“If and when I chose to propose my intentions would be a much more suitable and romantic gesture and on hopefully what I’d consider a larger more direct scale.
“We both found it amusing.
“Jade initially heard of the banner and saw a picture of it from her cousin’s ‘WhatsApp’ app on her phone, asking if there was anything she wanted to tell her.
“It was her cousin, Jodie Robson and sister, Megan Hawkins, who put it up, so any note of their names in the paper would be nice to see!
“Jade had to laugh on first hearing of it and doesn’t even head over the bridge and we don’t live on that side of town so she wouldn’t have fallen for it, knowing it is not my style.
“Yet her mum called me this morning and broke news of it in the paper and she couldn’t believe it when found out. She is now expecting calls and texts from friends who have seen the banner obviously asking if it is genuine and having to explain.
I’m just glad she hasn’t put it on me to have to follow it up now its public and get any wedding plans arranged!”