World­wide fame for NY pro­posal cou­ple

Pair go vi­ral after ac­ci­den­tally drop­ping ring down a drain in New York

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Joel Lamy [email protected]­me­ Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Be­ing wanted by the New York Po­lice Depart­ment is not an ideal way to spend your hol­i­day, but for one cou­ple from the Peter­bor­ough area hav­ing their faces plas­tered across so­cial me­dia has seen them be­come un­wit­ting celebri­ties overnight.

Daniella An­thony and John Dren­nan had re­turned home last Sun­day de­spon­dent de­spite his mag­i­cal pro­posal in Cen­tral Park after her en­gage­ment ring had fallen down a drain in Times Square a few hours later.

But mo­ments after land­ing back in the UK where they were plan­ning to get a new ring, they were alerted by a friend to a so­cial me­dia post from the NYPD which had ap­pealed to find the cou­ple after their spe­cial ops had in­cred­i­bly re­cov­ered (and cleaned) the ex­pen­sive piece of jew­ellery.

“Case closed” they tweeted after Daniella and John came for­ward to re­claim their prized posses­sion, but the story is just be­gin­ning for the pair who have been in­un­dated with me­dia re­quests since their story be­came pub­lic.

There are even re­ports that they have been signed up to ap­pear on The Ellen Show in Amer­ica, a top talk show hosted by Ellen De­Generes.

The cou­ple did speak to the BBC and Sky over the week­end, with the BBC con­firm­ing they were from the Peter­bor­ough area.

De­scrib­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence, John said: “We just pre­sumed it was gone. In the end, we had no choice but to walk away and try to en­joy the rest of our week­end.”

The of­fi­cers “will def­i­nitely be get­ting a men­tion at the wed­ding,” he added. “We can­not thank the peo­ple of New York or the po­lice enough.”

The cou­ple’s story be­gan on Fri­day evening. They were in New York to cel­e­brate 10 years since they started dat­ing when John popped the ques­tion.

“The time was right. There were au­tumn leaves ev­ery­where and not many peo­ple,” he told the BBC.

The ring, though, was too big and later es­caped into the drain in Times Square. The cou­ple called the po­lice and of­fi­cers from the force were able to jar the grate open with a crow­bar be­fore spend­ing two hours search­ing for it with torches, but with no suc­cess.

The in­con­solable cou­ple then re­turned home with­out leav­ing their names with the NYPD, who were later able to re­cover and clean the ring.

The so­cial me­dia cam­paign to iden­tify John and Daniella be­gan on Satur­day with a video which has now been viewed more than 8.3 mil­lion times of them on their knees search­ing the drain to re­cover the ring.

Im­ages of the jew­ellery and the pair were also pub­lished be­fore fi­nally the cou­ple solved the mys­tery by mak­ing con­tact with the force.

Ef­forts are now be­ing made to re­turn the ring to the grate­ful pair. “It’s just been ab­so­lutely crazy,” Daniella told Sky News. “I can’t be­lieve they’ve found the ring! It’s in­cred­i­ble.”

‘It’s just been ab­so­lutely crazy... I can’t be­lieve they’ve found the ring! It’s in­cred­i­ble.’ Daniella An­thony

Photo:NY PD

John and Daniel la search­ing the drain for the miss­ing ring.

All pho­tos: NYPD

From top: A photo of the ring; CCTV im­ages of John and Daniella.

A photo tweeted from the NYPD of John Dren­nan and Daniella An­thony after the news that the ring had been found

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