Get­ting intu ro­mance with pro­posal

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

LOVE was in the air at intu Uxbridge shop­ping cen­tre on Valen­tine’s Day when Alan Sen­nett pro­posed to his girl­friend.

The 25-year-old gave the ul­ti­mate Valen­tine’s gift on Satur­day when he got down on bended knee to ask Coral Moore for her hand in mar­riage in front of cheer­ing shop­pers.

It meant the cou­ple had two things to cel­e­brate, as Valen­tine’s Day also marked their sec­ond an­niver­sary as a cou­ple.

The Gazette’s web­site getwestlon­don had teamed up with intu Uxbridge to search for a cou­ple wor­thy of win­ning a £1,000 en­gage­ment ring com­pe­ti­tion and pro­posal.

Mr Sen­nett, a me­dia teacher at Park­side Stu­dio Col­lege in Wood End Green Lane, had been plan­ning to pop the ques­tion and when he heard about the com­pe­ti­tion he de­cided he had to en­ter.

He said: “I just knew I re­ally had to do this. I wanted to do some­thing big and I knew I could do some­thing amaz­ing and give Coral a ring I could not af­ford oth­er­wise.”

The com­pe­ti­tion asked en­trants to write in no more than 100 words why they should win the prize. Af­ter count­less ef­forts which he felt just were not good enough, Mr Sen­nett en­tered with a poem (pub­lished right) which melted the hearts’ of judges and saw him named the win­ner.

He was told the good news on Wed­nes­day (Fe­bru­ary 11) and the next day went to Ernest Jones in intu Uxbridge to pick a ring.

“I had four op­tions in front of me, and one had a bluish di­a­mond and it was called Coral Blue, and I thought, be­cause it was her name, that this is the ring for her,” he said.

He then had to come up with a plan to get Miss Moore at the shop­ping cen­tre for 1pm on Satur­day.

He said: “I had to be care­ful not to let her know and with what I said. I told her we had won sec­ond prize and a photo shoot. I needed an ex­cuse to get her there dressed up and on time. She put her hands on her face was ab­so­lutely amazed. She fell in love with the ring im­me­di­ately. She said she loved the fact it had a mean­ing be­hind it and that I had put so much ef­fort into it.”

They plan to tie the knot in 2017.

To see video of the pro­posal go to getwestlon­don.co.uk

Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys WL15101

n A RING THING: Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Alan Sen­nett pro­poses to his girl­friend Coral Moore at intu Uxbridge

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