Main street mar­riage pro­posal

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

IT STARTED out as a nor­mal day for Erin Har­bourne work­ing at the Childers Hot Bread and Cake Shop.

But just be­fore the 18-year-old’s shift ended on Mon­day af­ter­noon, her life changed for­ever.

Her boyfriend, ap­pren­tice baker Matthew Thur­good, 20, dressed in the suit he wore to Erin’s prom last year, sur­prised her by hold­ing a card­board sign up to the bak­ery’s win­dow.

The sign asked Erin to marry him.

To the de­light of pass­ing pedes­tri­ans, cus­tomers and fam­ily mem­bers who gath­ered on the foot­path to wit­ness the oc­ca­sion, Erin raced out of the shop to ac­cept his pro­posal.

The young love­birds met one year ago at the Ap­ple Tree Creek Rodeo, where they shared an in­stant con­nec­tion and have been in­sep­a­ra­ble since.

“I knew she was the one... we just knew each other from day dot,” a ner­vous Matthew told the Town & Coun­try mo­ments be­fore the pro­posal.

“She has a beau­ti­ful per­son­al­ity. She’s re­ally car­ing and always thinks about me first.”

While he ac­knowl­edged they were young, he just couldn’t wait any longer to be with his one and only.

“Erin is my one thing I live for: She’s the one thing that keeps me go­ing. I thought, I can’t re­ally lose that,” he said.

While Matthew had a stress­ful morn­ing plan­ning the pro­posal, it all went smoothly.

“It was a bit of a has­sle to get ev­ery­one ready ... I was stress­ing that she wasn’t go­ing to be there by the time I ar­rived,” he said.

An elated Erin said she had no idea her boyfriend was go­ing to pro­pose.

“I dropped to the floor when I saw the sign and screamed a lit­tle and then ran out,” she said.

“I never thought he’d be able to get away with some­thing like that be­cause I always thought I’d know if he was try­ing to sneak some­thing.

“I’m just choked, I can’t be­lieve it.”

The happy cou­ple plan to marry in Fiji.

PHOTO: MELINDA BRAD­FORD

YOUNG LOVE: Matthew Thur­good pro­posed to Erin Har­bourne in the main street.

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