Is­land es­capades

Wed­ding win­ners re­call the night the ring got lost in the sand

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page -

IT’S a pretty sure bet that Run­away Wed­ding win­ners Paull O’Sul­li­van and Ylona Chun Tie will get mar­ried on a Tues­day.

The lucky cou­ple will re­ceive their dream wed­ding on Mag­netic Is­land with a to­tal value of $5550 — but it’s lucky they are get­ting mar­ried at all.

It all be­gan one fate­ful Tues­day in 2003.

‘‘The pro­posal, on a Tues­day evening, all went to plan,’’ Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

‘‘But the fol­low­ing Tues­day our friends were play­ing at the Pic­nic Bay ho­tel for the New Years Eve gig.

‘‘so we went down and par­tied, then went down to the beach for the fire­works, clap­ping our hands and cel­e­brat­ing.’’ But ela­tion turned to agony. ‘‘We went back to the pub half an hour later and Ylona no­ticed her en­gage­ment ring was miss­ing,’’ Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

‘‘We scoured the beach for hours . . . there were 200-300 peo­ple who downed drinks and searched the pub, then ev­ery­one went down to the sand.

‘‘The po­lice got an­other 4WD up on to the jetty and they flood­lit the beach.’’

But de­spite their best ef­forts, the search was in vain.

‘‘We found noth­ing,’’ Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

‘‘Some­one said to us that if a lo­cal finds it, it will be re­turned to you,’’ Ms Chun Tie said.

The cou­ple put ads in the TownsvilleBul­leti­nand a Mag­netic Is­land pa­per and searched the beach ev­ery day for a week with metal de­tec­tors.

Then there was a break­through.

‘‘The fol­low­ing Tues­day there was a mes­sage on the an­swer­ing ma­chine say­ing ‘my hus­band’s just found the ring’,’’ Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

‘‘He was a pro­fes­sional fish­er­man . . . the ring had ended up in a me­tre of wa­ter and he stood on it.’’

Three years later, when they re­ceived a phone call from the TownsvilleBul­let­intelling them they had won their dream wed­ding with all the trim­mings — it was on a Tues­day.

‘‘For the ring to be found was the sign it was meant to be,’’ said Ms Chun Tie.

‘‘And with all that in mind we’re go­ing to get mar­ried on a Tues­day,’’ Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

The About Town com­pe­ti­tion win in­cludes a wed­ding co­or­di­na­tor, three nights’ beach­front ac­com­mo­da­tion at Pure Mag­netic, wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy by MaryAnne Law, a cel­e­brant, wed­ding flow­ers from Fab­u­lous Flow­ers for the Trop­ics, hair and makeup by Sally Cass, car hire by Thrifty, din­ner for two at Le Par­adis in Nelly Bay with Moet & Chan­don French cham­pagne and a cham­pagne break­fast at Bun­ga­low Bay.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.