Once-in-a-life­time mo­ment for happy cou­ple

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

A blush­ing bride-to-be from Strathaven is walk­ing on air af­ter her ro­man­tic pro­posal on the new Queens­ferry Cross­ing went vi­ral.

Fiona McKin­non, 33, told the News she was bom­barded with mes­sages from well wish­ers when pho­tos of her big mo­ment were s hared by a by­stander on so­cial me­dia – be­fore she even had a chance to tell her fam­ily and friends.

Af­ter 18 months to­gether, fi­ancé Stu­art Neil­son ,26, popped the ques­tion dur­ing the“once-in-al­ife­time” Queens ferry Cross­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the UK’s tallest bridge.

The happy cou­ple were lucky enough to be se­lected among 50,000 peo­ple in a bal­lot to walk across the £1.3 bil­lion road bridge ahead of its open­ing week­end.

Fiona, an ac­coun­tancy firm team leader, said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it when Stu­art went down on one knee. We had been jok­ing about it the whole way across be­cause the ex­pe­ri­ence was such a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity but I wasn’t ex­pect­ing him to ac­tu­ally do it. My mum kept say­ing to him it would be a good time to do it be­fore we left.

“When I re­alised it had been shared all over Face­book I pan­icked a bit be­cause I hadn’t even told any­one yet, but I think this made it even more spe­cial. Our phones have been go­ing crazy since.

“All my friends were say­ing I was fa­mous and not every­one gets a pro­posal like that. I just wish I wasn’t cry­ing in all the pics!”

Af­ter win­ning tick­ets in the bal­lot, the for­mer Strathaven Acad­emy pupils de­cided to make the most of their trip and booked a ho­tel in Ed­in­burgh for the week­end.

But un­be­known to Fiona, plumber Stu­art had even big­ger plans. De­scrib­ing the sur­prise pro­posal, Fiona said: “I didn’t sus­pect a thing be­cause he didn’t seem ner­vous at any point in the day.

“As we were jok­ing about ask­ing a big ques­tion, we got to the third col­umn near the end of the walk and he said ‘I ac­tu­ally do have one more ques­tion to ask you’ and pulled out a small red box and said: ‘Will you marry me, I love you’.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it, I just shouted: ‘Oh my God yes I will!’ I was hys­ter­i­cal. Get­ting to do the walk was amaz­ing in it­self never mind the pro­posal – I loved it. He picked the ring him­self and it’s ex­actly what I would have wanted.

“There were a few folk around us who clapped and said con­grat­u­la­tions and took pic­tures – it was very spe­cial.”

The love­birds met two years ago while walk­ing their dogs in Strathaven and are now look­ing for­ward to plan­ning a win­ter wed­ding close to home af­ter mov­ing in to­gether.

Get­ting to do the walk was amaz­ing... never mind the pro­posal

Happy cou­ple Fiona McKin­non and Stu­art Neil­son got en­gaged on the Queens­ferry Cross­ing, in­set top, and told the world with a selfie, in­set be­low

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