Love is in the air for leap year proposal at Speke Hall
LEAP year love was in the air for one Merseyside couple.
Physiotherapist Amelia Didsbury took advantage of the date to pop the question to unsuspecting boyfriend Will Osborne in the maze at Speke Hall.
Will, 25, was under the impression that he was testing a new maze designed for children.
He was instructed to gather seven bags along the way, each containing two letters which he had to rearrange at the end.
It then came as a huge surprise when the letters spelled out Will you marry me?
Will, also a physiotherapist, met Amelia through mutual friends.
The couple have been together for two years and are currently about to move in together in Wallasey.
Amelia, 29, said: “I just wanted to be quite imaginative and different. “I made it something he’d have to work out so the pretence was kept up for as long as possible.
“I was really nervous, it was obviously something we had discussed and both wanted but I was nervous about his reaction.
“I was delighted when he said yes. He was completely shocked, and couldn’t believe we’d all managed to keep it a secret.
“I just knew it was a once-in-a-four year chance and thought why not seize the moment and ask him myself?”
Will said he had actually planned to propose to Amelia during a holiday this summer but was still delighted she had popped the question first.
Will said: “I’m not usually lost for words but I certainly was, it was brilliant. I only wish I had come up with something so creative and imaginative.
“It’s great. We both had no doubt in our minds we would get married, so it didn’t matter how it happened.”
Leap Year babies
THREE sets of parents in Liverpool had an extra special leap year surprise.
These bouncing babies were among the first to be born on February 29 at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Victoria and Garry Brown are proud parents of baby girl Mia Victoria Brown, who was born at 9.45am weighing 8lb 8oz.
The first-time parents, who live near Liverpool, said: “We are delighted. We plan to celebrate her birthday on February 28 as she was born in February – but she’ll probably get two birthdays”.
Midwife Jayne Moreton who delivered Mia, said: “She was as good as gold”.
Katie Smith and partner Stephen Gilfoyle, from Kensington, welcomed a second son, Nicholas.
Nicholas’s brother, two-year-old William, was present at the birth to reassure his new sibling when he cried.
Katie said: “Nicholas was born weighing 8lb 1oz. We’re really happy”.
Baby girl Delphi was born weighing 6lb 12oz at 8.35 am.
Proud parents Christina Constantinou and Michael Dempsy from Formby were delighted their first child was made extra special by the leap year.
Michael said: “Delphi is our first baby, we are so excited to be new parents. We will celebrate her birthday on February 28.”