Nott one for tra­di­tion


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

PROPOS­ING in front of a crowd, sur­rounded by the glitz and glam­our of a bur­lesque cir­cus show on Valen­tine’s Day, sounds like the plot of a ro­man­tic movie.

But for one Man­durah res­i­dent it was a re­al­ity.

Self-con­fessed rule breaker Nanci Nott cre­ated an elab­o­rate scheme to pro­pose to her boyfriend with Sugar Blue Bur­lesque and Cir­cus Joseph Ash­ton at a per­for­mance last week in Vic­to­ria Park.

While cus­tom dic­tates that women are al­lowed to break tra­di­tions and pro­pose dur­ing leap years, Ms Nott said she had not been aware the prac­tice ex­isted.

“I ac­tu­ally had no idea; I just fig­ured it is 2016 and I’m not the big­gest rule fol­lower any­way,” she said.

“I just like sur­pris­ing him and I thought well he’s awe­some and so is bur­lesque and the cir­cus, so I fig­ured this was the per­fect blend of awe­some­ness.”

On the night, Ms Nott and now fi­ance Aaron Gwynaire were called on to the stage by host and co­me­dian Fa­mous Shar­ron un­der the pre­tence of win­ning a prize.

“When we came into the ring Fa­mous Shar­ron asked if it was love at first sight and he said some re­ally lovely things about how he loved me and it just melted me com­pletely,” Ms Nott said.

“Then she handed me the mi­cro­phone and I had this whole po­etic thing I wanted to say but then I had a com­plete mind blank. I ended up just say­ing ‘this sexy thing right here, will you marry me?’.”

Af­ter a re­sound­ing yes, the newly en­gaged cou­ple were met with ap­plause.

“I was ex­cited and he was very as­tounded and gob­s­macked,” Ms Nott said.

“The crowd clapped which was very cute and then he grabbed the mi­cro­phone off me and said ‘I do’, which was adorable.”

Still on a high from the un­for­get­table pro­posal, Ms Nott said the pair had yet to make wed­ding plans.

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