Emily says yes to big screen ro­mance

Gareth pops the question at the drive in cin­ema

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourtelegraph - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A cou­ple played the star­ring role in their own Hollywood ro­mance when they got en­gaged thanks to the big screen Gareth Stracey popped the question to girl­friend of 10 years Emily Stence­ley when they vis­ited the Moonlight Drive In Cin­ema in Hamp­ton.

Gareth ar­ranged for the words ‘Will You Marry Me’ to ap­pear on the big screen be­fore the show­ing of Emily’s favourite film, Love Ac­tu­ally - andthank­ful­ly­forGareth, she said ‘yes’.

How­ever, rather than just the words, Gareth or­gan­ised for a mon­tage of pic­tures of the­cou­ple- whoare­both­aged 26 - to­gether to be shown on the screen, and Emily said she had been ‘em­bar­rassed’ by the ges­ture.

She said: “It was very un­ex­pected - I have been wait­ing about 10 years for it- but it was lovely.

“He­booked­for us to go - he is quite a laid back per­son so I did not ex­pect it.

“About a week be­fore he made sure I had noth­ing on that night, so we could go. “We got in, and there were quite a few cars al­ready there. Be­fore they played the movie, some peo­ple came up to us and said we could move to the front and cen­tre be­cause our car was quite low.

“I didn’t think any­thing of it. Then at the start, ‘Emily’ came up on the big screen. I thought it was an ad­vert at first - and then a lot of aw­ful pic­tures of us came up - and they­w­ereget­ting­big­ger. It was very em­bar­rass­ing. I looked at him and he was smil­ing, and he asked the question. I said ‘yeah, of course.’ It didn’t re­ally sink in.

“I think I missed the first part of the film be­cause I was get­ting mes­sages from ev­ery­one about it. Some of my friends were also at the screen­ing so they saw it and were tex­ting me.”

The cou­ple, from March arenow­start­ing­tomake­plans for their wed­ding - al­though they have not set a date as yet.

Gareth­said:“We­have­been to­geth­ersincewewent­toWis­bechCol­lege to­gether 10 years ago.

“Af­ter we de­cided to go to the cin­ema, I got in touch to see what we could do. They did the work with the pho­tographs­forus. They­w­er­e­re­ally good at help­ing set it all up.

“She­had­noideawhatIwas plan­ning - I think she­wasvery sur­prised I did some­thing­like this.

“When­the­word­sap­peared on the screen, I said ‘will you marry me?’

“It saved me hav­ing to get down on one knee.”

Ben Stone­house, Founder of Moonlight Drive-in Cin­ema, said: “Moonlight Drive-in Cine­mawas­de­light­ed­to­playa part in Gareth and Emily’s en­gage­ment story. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the happy cou­ple; we wish you a long and happy fu­ture to­gether.”

The Moonlight Drive In Cin­ema will re­turn to Peter­bor­ough in Fe­bru­ary.

More de­tails will be an­nounced to­mor­row at www. moon­lightcin­ema.com/peter­bor­ough/

Gareth set up a num­ber of mes­sages to ap­pear on the screen be­fore pop­ping the question

Gareth and Emily at the cin­ema af­ter he pro­posed

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