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Grate es­cape! Cou­ple re­united with en­gage­ment ring that fell down drain

- By An­drew Levy New York City · United Kingdom · New York Police Department · Peterborough · Twitter · New York · Rings (Jewellery) · Times Square · Cambridge, MA

IT was the per­fect mo­ment to pro­pose – on bended knee in Cen­tral Park dur­ing a ro­man­tic break in New York.

But shortly af­ter­wards, John Dren­nan’s ges­ture had gone down the drain.

The ring had slipped off fi­ancee Daniella An­thony’s fin­ger and fallen through a grate in Times Square.

The cou­ple’s ef­forts to find it failed and they had to re­turn to the UK with­out the di­a­mond and plat­inum sparkler.

Now, though, thanks to a world­wide so­cial me­dia blitz by the NYPD, the pair and the ring are set to be re­united.

The cou­ple, from Peter­bor­ough, Cam­bridgeshir­e, were cel­e­brat­ing ten years to­gether with the trip to the Big Ap­ple when Mr Dren­nan, 36, popped the ques­tion and Miss An­thony be­gan wear­ing twice and then it was gone.’ The cou­ple called po­lice who lifted the grate, but a two-hour search failed to lo­cate the ring. CCTV footage showed Miss An­thony, 34, hold­ing her head in her hands. ‘It was the worst mo­ment of my life,’ she said.

The dev­as­tated pair didn’t think to leave their names with po­lice – lead­ing to the NYPD Twit­ter cam­paign to find them af­ter re­cov­er­ing the ring on Sun­day. Mr Dren­nan was al­ready plan­ning to buy a re­place­ment when a friend told him the news af­ter land­ing in the UK.

He tweeted to the NYPD: ‘I can­not thank you enough, although I will try.’ Miss An­thony said: ‘We are so thank­ful to ev­ery­one – es­pe­cially the New York Po­lice Depart­ment and ev­ery­one who shared our story.’ Mr Dren­nan added: ‘I want to clar­ify that I did not pro­pose over a grate … that’s where we lost it.’

 ??  ?? Cel­e­bra­tions: Be­fore the drama, ring cir­cled
Cel­e­bra­tions: Be­fore the drama, ring cir­cled
 ??  ?? Drain­ing: CCTV of pair lean­ing over the grate the ring, which was too big for her fin­ger. Mr Dren­nan told the BBC: ‘We were walk­ing back to the ho­tel. I can still visu­alise the ring. Bounc­ing once … bounc­ing
Drain­ing: CCTV of pair lean­ing over the grate the ring, which was too big for her fin­ger. Mr Dren­nan told the BBC: ‘We were walk­ing back to the ho­tel. I can still visu­alise the ring. Bounc­ing once … bounc­ing

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